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Forth giraffe balloon sparks coastguard alert

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Image caption The mystery object was spotted floating in the Firth of Forth

A coastguard rescue team was called out to a report of an aircraft ditching only to find out it was sparked by a balloon shaped as a giraffe.

The team from South Queensferry was sent out after a member of the public reported a possible aircraft coming down in the Firth of Forth on Tuesday.

The team reached the object but discovered it was a giraffe-shaped helium balloon.

A coastguard spokesman said the call at 21:55 was made in good faith.

He said: "The team was called out to a possible aircraft ditching in the Firth of Forth which turned out to be a giraffe-shaped helium balloon.

"The man who called wasn't trying to mislead us. He saw it and he thought it was an aircraft."

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