Playful seal sparks RNLI alert off Cooden beach
Lifeboat crews called to a report of two people in trouble in the English Channel off East Sussex found a man swimming with a playful seal.
Dover Coastguard was alerted after a woman reported seeing one person struggling in the sea and another shouting for help off Cooden beach.
The alert prompted a response from Eastbourne and Hastings inshore RNLI lifeboats at about 08:30 BST.
The RNLI said the incident was logged as a false alarm with good intent.
"When the volunteer crews arrived on scene it was discovered that the early-morning swimmer had found he was swimming with a playful seal and was so thrilled with the experience that he couldn't help but yell out with sheer joy," said a spokesman.