Concern for loose boat sparks concern - only for emergency team to discover it was a sofa

Fears about an unmanned boat spotted off the coast were allayed when a team of volunteers found it was actually a settee.

Saturday, 2nd March 2019, 8:39 pm
Updated Saturday, 2nd March 2019, 9:17 pm
The SSVLB headed to Littlehaven Beach after calls of concern.
The SSVLB headed to Littlehaven Beach after calls of concern.

South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade (SSVLB) were alerted by the Coastguard service based on the Humber after a call reporting an unmanned dinghy had been spotted off the beach at Littlehaven.

A spokesman for the charity said: "Team members arrived and made contact with the first informant who pointed at the object floating just off the Herd Groyne.

"It was quickly established that it wasn’t a dinghy but an old sofa.

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"The call was logged as a false alarm with good intent.

"Remember for all Coastal emergencies dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard."

The call out happened just after 3.30pm today.