False alarm for Sidmouth Lifeboat after concern is raised for ‘person spearfishing’

Concern for a swimmer saw Sidmouth Lifeboat called into action – in what turned out to be a false alarm involving someone ‘spearfishing’. 

Volunteer crew members responded to a report of a person in difficulty 100 metres off Jacob’s Ladder at around 11.25am this morning (Sunday, May 17).

However, the team was stood down – as the lifesaving vessel was about to enter the water – when it was confirmed the person was safely ashore.

Apparently, the person in the water had been spearfishing and had not been in difficulty…

A Sidmouth Lifeboat spokesperson said: “As the boat was entering the water with four crew on board, confirmation came that the person was safely ashore and the lifeboat was stood down.

“Apparently, the person in the water had been spearfishing and had not been in difficulty.

“Although Sidmouth Lifeboat station is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, our volunteer crew are still on call 24/seven.

“Please take extra care if you are visiting the coast in these extraordinary times.”

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