Coastguard and police helicopters sent to reports of two people ‘sinking in mud’ near Aldeburgh

The police helicopter. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

The police helicopter. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

Rescue teams and lifeboat crews carried out an extensive search of the River Alde this morning after receiving reports two people were calling out for help.

Aldeburgh’s inshore lifeboat Susan Scott was launched alongside Aldeburgh and Shingle Street coastguard teams at around 4.10am today.

They were called after receiving a call suggesting the pair were sinking in the mud.

The police helicopter joined the coastguard rescue helicopter in scouring the coastline for more than two hours.

Both sides of the river, from Brick Dock to Aldeburgh Yacht Club, were searched by the RNLI Aldeburgh team.

Chiefs called off the search shortly after 6am – despite a long and high-profile search no-one was found.

They returned to their stations at around 6.40am.

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An RNLI spokeswoman said it is believed the report was a false alarm.

She added: “The inshore lifeboat was launched into the river to assist Aldeburgh and Shingle Street Coastguard in a search of the river banks.

“The report had stated that two people were sinking in the mud.

“The police helicopter was also in attendance.”