Noisy swimmers spark coastguard search and rescue in Dorset


Noisy swimmers in Dorset spark emergency coastguard rescuePA

A group of noisy swimmers reacting to how cold the water was in Dorset sparked an emergency air and sea rescue after nearby walkers mistook their cries for distress calls.

Walkers thought they heard the distress calls from below the cliff near St Aldhelm's Head at midday yesterday, according to the Metro.

The Portland Coastguard launched a search involving the ground team as well as the Portlad rescue helicopter.

Lulworth Ranges boat Smit Wey also offered its services.

A coastguard spokesman told the Dorset Echo: "Following a thorough search, coastguards came across a group of people walking away from the area and after a fair bit of questioning they reluctantly admitted to trying to swim in the water at Chapman's Pool.

"The shouts that had been heard earlier were from the group who were reacting to the water being so cold."

According to the paper, the coastguard also thanked the Army for calling a ceasefire while the helicopter carried out its search.

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