’Good in-tent’: Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat crew get a surprise when out on a shout

Lifeboats News Release

An RNLI lifeboat, HM coastguard rescue teams and Police officers responded to multiple reports of something suspicious in the sea off the Suffolk coast – but were in for a surprise.

Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat crew with the abandoned tent

RNLI/Michael Howes

Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat crew with the abandoned tent

Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat ‘Patsy Knight’ was called out at 11.11am on Saturday 6 June following reports of something black, thought to possibly be a person in difficulties, floating in the water close to the beach at Kessingland.

Lowestoft Lifeboat Coxswain John Fox said “When we reached the location we soon spotted a dark shape floating close to the shore and found that it was in fact a small abandoned black tent. Our volunteer crew used a boathook to recover the tent to prevent any further calls. It was a case of a false alarm - with good intent.

We continued to check the waters edge as far as Benacre to ensure this was the only reason for the report. As we were about to head back to our mooring we were redirected to search for a missing man who was thought to be in Gunton or Corton area. The search also involved a fire service drone, police and HM coastguard teams.”

Mr. Fox added, “A short while after arriving and having searched as far as Corton Church we were stood down after the police located the male safe and well.”

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Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat crew investigate a black shape in the sea off Kessingland

RNLI/Michael Howes

Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat crew investigate a black shape in the sea off Kessingland

RNLI/Michael Howes

Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat 'Patsy Knight' off Kessingland
Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat at Kessingland Beach

RNLI/Michael Howes

Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat at Kessingland Beach

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