A call to help a windsurfer proves false
A lifeboat crew called out to help a supposedly-stricken windsurfer a mile out at sea found he was fine.
Concerned members of the public dialled 999 after seeing the surfer apparently drifting at Browns Bay in Northumberland at Saturday lunchtime.
The Cullercoats RNLI inshore lifeboat crew found the man was fine and the call was classed as a false alarm with good intent.
Initial reports he was a lifeboat crew member were incorrect.
A spokesman for Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, said: "Conditions at the time were very calm with very little wind and it was thought that the surfer may be struggling to make it back to shore.
"The lifeboat found that the 'casualty' had been perfectly happy paddling his board up and down the coastline in the scenic conditions."
The windsurfer accepted a lift from a passing fishing boat and transferred to the lifeboat for a return to Cullercoats Bay.