A water rescue off the Suffolk coast has been deemed as a false alarm. 

Emergency services including Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service were called to reports of an incident in Crag Path, Aldeburgh just after 4.30pm on Saturday. 

Five fire engines were in attendance with three from Princes Street, one from Aldeburgh and one from Leiston. 

A lifeboat from Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station was also launched at 4.50pm while witnesses reported a heavy police presence in the area.

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Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station has confirmed the incident is being treated as a false alarm. 

A spokesman 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 the water between Aldeburgh and Orford.

"RNLI, coastguard, ambulance, police and fire service water rescue teams conduced a co-ordinated 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, and interagency liaison with five organisations for a search over a large area was an interesting challenge."