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

A member of the public thought someone was in distress


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."