Lifeboat and coastguard rescue officers alerted amid reports of swimmer in difficulty

PUBLISHED: 09:12 26 November 2018

Coastguard rescue officers were called out. Photo: HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold.

Coastguard rescue officers were called out. Photo: HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold.


A swimmer believed to be in difficulty at sea in north Lowestoft sparked a lifeboat and coastguard call-out.

But after subsequent investigations it proved to be “a false alarm with good intent.”

A spokesman for HM Coastguard Lowestoft & Southwold said the team was alerted just after noon on Sunday, November 25 to “reports of a swimmer possibly in difficulty just off the groynes at North Denes.”

The RNLI Lowestoft lifeboat was launched but “investigations proved a false alarm with good intent,” according to the coastguard rescue officers who were subsequently stood down.

An RNLI lifeboat spokesman said: “The lifeboat had just returned from a morning training exercise when we were alerted to reports of a swimmer in potential difficulty.”

But after searching the area, it turned out to be a false alarm “caused by a floating marker buoy” in the sea.

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