Spiderman sighting leads to coastguard rescue in Sunderland
Oct 09, 2017 Gist 4281 By Sharon Ayomide
- Spider-man balloon sparked a rescue mission after callers initially assumed it was a parachutist in danger.
- Coastguard lifeboats and a rescue helicopter had already been called in before they realised it was a false alarm.
A Spider-man balloon sighted in Sunderland led to a rescue mission by the British Coastguard after callers had assumed it was a parachutist in need of help.
member of the RNLI spotted the balloon through binoculars and a team was sent to retrieve it in order to prevent further call-outs.
Coastguard lifeboats and a rescue helicopter had already been called in before they realised it was a false alarm.
An RNLI spokesman said: "On arrival, Coastguard officers spoke to the first informant, who pointed out the object some distance out to sea.
"Using binoculars they managed to identify the object as a Spider-Man balloon.
"The balloon was recovered by the lifeboat to prevent any further call-outs.
"The incident was a false alarm with good intent and the person did the right thing to call us to confirm no-one was in danger."