A SWIMMER reported to be in difficulty in the sea off Paignton turned out to an inflatable penguin.
The Torbay RNLI inshore lifeboat was sent to find the swimmer who had reportedly been seen in trouble off Roundham.
But when they arrived they found the inflatable bird bobbing about in the water.
The false alarm was sparked at 6.50pm on Tuesday.
A spokesman for the lifeboat crew said: “If anybody does lose and inflatable or air bed they should let the coastguard know so they can be aware of it.
“These are busy waterways and you can imagine that if a yacht goes by and sees something in the water they would be concerned and the coastguard could give it the all-clear.”
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