Original article from Kent Live
A lifeboat crew was called out to save someone spotted in the sea off the Kent coast – but instead found an inflatable bird that had drifted from the shore.
Dungeness RNLI volunteers were asked by the UK Coastguard to investigate a "possible capsized dinghy or person in the water" east of Hythe Ranges on Saturday night (August 28).
"After a search, an inflatable puffin/toucan – you tell us – was found," the lifeboat station said on Twitter at 9.05pm.
"This was a false alarm with good intent.
"After discussion with the Coastguard, it was ascertained that there were no reported missing people in the area.
"The lifeboat was then stood down."
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The crew added: "Please remember that inflatables are best used in swimming pools and not in the sea. As this evening’s tasking has shown, it is very easy for inflatables to get blown offshore and can easily put a person in danger."
Dungeness Lifeboat Station guards the Channel from Folkestone to Rye Bay.