Spiderman sighting leads to coastguard rescue in Sunderland

- 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.

A
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."

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