Two lifeboats were launched to Aberdeen beach after a kitesurfer was thought to be in danger.
The HM Coastguard team received the call at 3.10pm this afternoon from a member of the public, and launched two lifeboats from Aberdeen.
However, it was found to be a false alarm, and the lifeboats were stood down.
A HM Coastguard spokesman said: “It was a routine shout. There was a report of a kitesurfer in difficulty but they were fine.
“It was a false alert with good intent.”