An RNLI crew rescued three people on Sunday when a motorboat failed, two miles off Seaton Sluice. No one was injured but the boat was taking on water and had to be towed back to shore. The RNLI urged boats to carry lifejackets, VHF radio and flares, which would have made finding the vessel quicker.
A coastguard search took place yesterday after a member of the public raised concerns about a surfer.
Police were told that a surfer was in in the sea waving for help in the area of Links Road, Blyth.
A search operation began along the coast towards Seaton Sluice.
All surfers were accounted for. Police say it was a false call made with good intent.