Three Coastguard teams were dispatched to report someone stuck in mud in Southend over the weekend.
HM Coastguard Southend has been tasked with reporting a person stuck in the mud off Marine Parade on Saturday, reported by a concerned member of the public.
Launched at 3.54pm, a Southend Coastguard team proceeded directly to the RNLI Coastal Boathouse to observe and support the launch of the Southend Rescue Hovercraft to the reported location.
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A second Coastguard team then met the person who reported the incident, who is now believed to be near the small practice green adjacent to the Marine Life Centre.
A third Coastguard team from Canvey was also sent to Southend in support.
After speaking to the first informant and a search of the area by the RNLI hovercraft, no one was identified as being in difficulty or in need of Coastguard assistance.
A spokesman for HM Coastguard Southend said: “So a false alarm with good intentions and all teams withdrew but remained at high readiness given the numbers on the mudflats with an incoming tide approaching. ”