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A large air and sea rescue operation launched after an empty fishing boat was found 15 miles out to sea, appears to have been an expensive false alarm.
An RAF helicopter, a lifeboat and a 40-strong onshore team team spent five hours searching the waters fearing someone had gone overboard. But the missing owner had actually turned up 24 hours earlier.
Gregg Easteal reports.
An air and sea rescue operation launched after an empty fishing boat was found miles out to sea, appears to have been an expensive false alarm.
An RAF helicopter, a lifeboat and a 40-strong onshore team spent five hours searching, fearing someone had gone overboard. Both men who had been using the fishing boat are safe.
ITV News correspondent Gregg Easteal has this update.
A man whose empty dinghy floating out to sea sparked a large-scale air and sea search last night is recovering at home.
It is understood that 40-year-old Robert Buckham collapsed on the shoreline at Blyth yesterday with suspected hypothermia.
He was rushed to hospital, leaving the empty dinghy behind.
The dinghy is then thought to have drifted out to sea, sparking the large-scale search.
A team of 40 coastguards was involved in the search along with the RNLI Tynemouth lifeboat and a RAF search and rescue helicopter.
A 40 year old man is recovering after his disappearance led to a major air and sea search off Blyth in Northumberland last night.
It appears that while the RNLI was launching the search, the man was safely on shore.
The man, who has not been named, went out fishing in a dinghy with an 18-year-old relative and suffered suspected hypothermia.
The teenager got them back to shore, where the 40-year-old collapsed , and was taken to hospital.
Meanwhile, his family were concerned he'd been at sea so long and had rung the police. They called the police again to say that he had been found.
The police told the family they would need to tie up the incident, but according to the family, never arrived.
The RNLI did not know he had been found, and continued their search, fearing the man had gone overboard.
An RNLI spokesman said today: "Everyone at Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station is pleased that no-one has been lost at sea."
Lifeboat crews and a helicopter from RAF Boulmer have been involved in a massive sea search through the night. It began after an empty fishing dinghy was found 15 miles off the coast at Blyth. The coastguard was concerned their could be missing occupants. No further searches will take place.
A major search is underway off the Northumberland coast after an empty fishing boat was found 15 miles out to sea from Blyth.
No one was on board the small dingy although there was fresh fish in the boat.
Tynemouth RNLI is currently searching the area.