Aberdeen Lifeboat called to reports of kite surfer in distress

Aberdeen's all-weather lifeboat Bon Accord
Aberdeen's all-weather lifeboat Bon Accord

Lifeboat crews in Aberdeen were called after a kite surfer was reported to be in distress.

The incident, which took place around a mile offshore, happened at around 1.10pm today.

A member of the public made an emergency call after they believed they spotted someone in the water, although it turned out to be a buoy which marks the line of approach to Aberdeen Harbour.

Crews were stood down and returned to the station just after 2pm.

Coxswain Davie Orr said: “At that distance it would have been hard for a member of the public to distinguish the buoy from a person in the water. They did absolutely the right thing phoning the Coastguard.”

The call will be recorded as a false alarm with good intent.