Call to coastguard over ‘dinghy in trouble’ off Beer is a fisherman false alarm

Concern a dinghy was in trouble off Beer prompted a coastguard callout – but the incident turned out to be a false alarm involving a fisherman. 

A member of public raised the alarm over the vessel – spotted 400 metres off the scenic East Devon beach – at around 5.10pm yesterday (Saturday, May 30).

Beer Coastguard said the call was made with ‘good intent’ and has encouraged members of the public who see anyone in difficulty to dial 999.

It was clear the occupant was not in difficulty and was fishing…this was a false alarm with good intent….

A spokesperson said: “While on a safety patrol, we were tasked to a report of a dinghy 400m off Beer beach and in trouble.

“We arrived on scene identified the dingy with one person on-board and observed the dinghy, it was clear the occupant was not in difficulty and was fishing.

“This was a false alarm with good intent.

“If you see anybody in difficulty at the coast dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

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