Coastguards rush to 'cries for help' - and find owls mating

A member of the public thought someone was in distress

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Coastguards investigating 'cries for help' find two loved up owls instead

Coastguards sent to investigate reports of cries for help discovered the cause was two loved-up – owls.

A well-meaning member of the public contacted the emergency services fearing a couple were in distress.

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Solent Coastguards then sent a team from Berry Head to investigate the area around Sharkham in Brixham, Devon, just after 1am on Sunday.

But after a thorough search of the area, all the team could find were two 'amorous' owls who were busy twit-twooing.

A Berry Head Coastguard spokesman said: "We were tasked by Solent Coastguard to investigate a report of shouts for help in the Sharkham area.

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"Satisfied that no one was in trouble we confirmed with Solent that the owls were most likely responsible and it was considered a false alarm with good intent."

The team took it all in good spirits saying, adding "Cue all the owl puns ...frankly we couldn't give two hoots."