Tyne & Wear

'Spider-Man' sighting prompts Sunderland coastal rescue

Spiderman balloon Image copyright Sunderland RNLI
Image caption The "parachutist" turned out to be a superhero balloon

A sighting of a "superhero" prompted a rescue operation off the coast of Sunderland.

RNLI volunteers and coastguard teams were called to Ryhope Dene on Sunday, after people thought they had seen a parachutist land in the water.

A member of the coastguard team spotted the object through binoculars and it turned out to be a large Spider-Man balloon.

It was recovered by lifeboat to prevent further callouts.

Image copyright Sunderland RNLI
Image caption Spider-Man was brought safely to shore by the Sunderland RNLI lifeboat

A spokesman for Sunderland RNLI said: "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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