RNLI Blyth’s Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat was diverted from exercise to stand by whilst Cullercoats Atlantic 85 lifeboat responded to reports of 4 person in the water unable to make it back to shore on the north side of St Mary’s island, Whitley Bay.

The call was confirmed as a false alarm with good intent as the group in the water turned out to be a regular snorkelers in the area.

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade and Blyth’s D Class inshore lifeboat also attended.