Northern Ireland

Coastguard and RNLI call off North Coast search operation after 'false alarm'

RNLI lifeboats and a Coastguard helicopter were lauched at at about 18:40 BST on Saturday Image copyright Aerial Vision NI
Image caption RNLI lifeboats and a Coastguard helicopter were lauched at at about 18:40 BST on Saturday

The Coastguard and RNLI have stood down a major search operation off the North Coast following a "false alarm".

Two RNLI lifeboats and a Coastguard helicopter were launched to search the sea around Castlerock and Downhill at about 18:40 BST on Saturday.

The search began following a call from a member of the public who became concerned after finding clothes on the beach.

RNLI beach lifeguards also searched the area on jet skis.

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Image caption The RNLI launched two lifeboats in the area at about 18:40 BST

However, nothing was found and the search was ended shortly before 21:30 BST.

The Coastguard described the incident as a "false alarm with good intent".

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Image caption Nothing was found and the search operation was ended shortly before 21:31 BST
Image copyright Kevin McAuley
Image caption RNLI lifeguards also searched the area on jet skis