A trio of paddleboarders with a dog thought to be in difficulty between Beer and Seaton sparked a Coastguard callout on Sunday afternoon (February 7).
Beer Coastguard Rescue Team was tasked shortly after 4pm where they found the paddleboarders safely ashore.
The Coastguard called the incident a ‘false alarm with good intent’ and urged the public to call 999 if spotting anyone thought to be in difficulty by the sea.
A Beer Coastguard spokesperson said: “The paddle boarders were safely ashore on our arrival, they had not been in difficulty, but appreciated somebody was looking out for them.
“This type of incident we call a FAWGI – false alarm with good intent.”
The spokesperson added: “If you think somebody is in difficulty at the coast do not hesitate call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”