Morecambe’s RNLI hovercraft was launched to recover a ‘body’ from the River Lune which turned out to be a mooring buoy.
The Coastguard requested the lifeboat launch after sightings of what was believed to be a body in the River Lune at 12.45pm.
Launching from Snatchems, the inshore lifeboat went to the scene and crews were able to identify that the ‘body’ was in fact a mooring buoy which had broken loose from its anchorage.
The buoy was recovered and both craft returned to station.
RNLI volunteer Senior Hovercraft Commander, Harry Roberts MBE said: ‘The call was made in good faith. “Due to discolouration and the weed attached to the buoy’s mooring rope, it is easy to see why someone viewing it at a distance would believe they had seen a dead body.
“Recovery of bodies is the least pleasant aspect of our work and we were pleased that on this occasion it was a false alarm with good intent.”