Emergency call for Broughty Ferry turns out to be false alarm with good intent

Lifeboats News Release

Both Broughty Ferry RNLI lifeboats were called out late last night (Wednesday 28 December) following a report of a person in the water off Riverside Drive, Dundee.

The volunteer lifeboat crews were alerted just after 10.30pm and with the assistance of a volunteer shore crew the inshore lifeboat was making its way to the incident five minutes later, followed by the All weather lifeboat Elizabeth of Glamis shortly afterwards.

Soon after arriving on scene a ball was discovered floating in the water near to the area where the person was reported. This is what is believed to have caused the confusion. The lifeboat crews conducted a search of the area with no one found. The lifeboats were then stood down by the Coastguard service.

Both lifeboats were returned to station by 11.10pm and were made ready for any further calls.

RNLI media contacts: Colin Davidson, RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer for Broughty Ferry on 07963 482348, cdavidson6@nhs.net

Or Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or richard_smith@rnli.org.uk

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.