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'Suspicious object' spotted floating in water near Bude

'Suspicious object' spotted floating in water near Bude

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:48pm 25th January 2019. (Updated at 6:10pm 25th January 2019)

Coastguard rescue teams have been called to reports of a 'suspicious object' floating in the water at a Cornish beach.

Crews got the shout to Widemouth Bay near Bude on Friday morning amid fears it could have been a body in the water.

Teams on the scene managed to inspect the object closer and found it to be a 6ft of rope wrapped in seaweed.

Bosses say the man who made the emergency call did exactly the right thing in the situation.

Anyone who sees anything suspicious on the Cornish coast is asked to call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

Bude Coastguard Rescue Team were paged at 08:32 this morning and tasked to Widemouth Bay following a report of a suspicious object floating offshore.

"On arrival at the scene, the team met with the first informant who was keeping a constant watch on the object.

"Moving to higher ground and with the aid of powerful binoculars, the object, which was approximately 6ft in length, was thought to be a clump of seaweed.

"However, with the Bude Lifeboat already launched and approaching the scene, a team member conned (guided) the lifeboat to its exact location so a more detailed inspection could be made.

"The lifeboat crew duly confirmed the object to be a length of rope surrounded by weed.

"Once that information had been relayed back to the Coastguard Operations Centre (CGOC) at Falmouth, both teams were duly stood down.

"The first informant was very apologetic for calling our services but he did exactly the right thing.

"Due to the size, shape and flexible nature of the object, it did indeed give the impression that it might have been a human body."

Bude Coastguard Rescue Team

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