Discarded dinghy prompts coastguard callout

HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold. Picture: Nick Butcher

HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

An overturned inflatable dinghy sparked a coastguard callout after concerns were raised about possible missing beach-goers.

A Lowestoft Coastguard crew responded to reports of an unmanned inflatable dinghy at Gun Hill Beach, Southwold, at 8pm yesterday.

Rescue officer Claire Hall said: 'Obviously there is always a worry that the inflatable was used, had blown back into shore and someone was missing.

'When the team got there they realised it had been on the beach a long time.

'Investigations proved that it was likely left from during the day as it had a puncture and had not washed up. The team disposed of the item.'

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The rescue officer explained the emergency services can receive such calls in the summer when members of the public spot discarded inflatables and call for help.

Ms Hall added: 'We would like to remind people of the dangers of inflatables at the seaside and encourage people to take their rubbish home with them or use the bins provided.'

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