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Multiple emergency services called to possible person in water between Aldeburgh and Orford confirm false alarm





A false alarm has been confirmed after multiple emergency services were called to a ‘possible sighting of a person’ in water along the coast in Suffolk.

The ambulance service, police officers and fire service water rescue teams, as well as the coastguard and Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), conducted a coordinated search between Aldeburgh and Orford yesterday.

After the search was called off, it was determined it was a well intentioned false alarm.

A false alarm has been confirmed after multiple emergency services were called to a possible sighting of a person in water. Picture: Google Maps/iStock
A false alarm has been confirmed after multiple emergency services were called to a possible sighting of a person in water. Picture: Google Maps/iStock

A spokesperson for Aldeburgh Fire Station on social media said: “A different kind of call out for Aldeburgh Fire Station as part of a joint emergency service response to a reported sighting of a possible person in water between Aldeburgh and Orford.

“RNLI, coastguard, ambulance, police, and fire service water rescue teams conducted a coordinated search of the areas reported by land, sea and river, before the search was called off, as a well intended false alarm.

“Manning a maritime map, an interagency liaison with five organisations for a search over a large area was an interesting challenge.”

Fire appliances from Leiston, Aldeburgh and Princes Street in Ipswich attended.

Crews left the scene at just after 6.15pm.