Lifeboat crew in frantic dash – to “rescue” a jacket

Police believed the high viability clothing could have been a body

A LIFEBOAT crew was scrambled last night to investigate police reports of a possible body floating in a Scottish harbour.

But when the rescuers got to the scene they found nothing more sinister than an abandoned high visibility jacket.

Fife police contacted the coastguard around 10.30pm after spotting an  item floating in Kirkcaldy harbour.

The coastguard then instructed the nearby Kinghorn lifeboat to send a four-man crew to investigate.

Fife officers stood on the shore and pointed the crew towards their suspected body floating about 50 yards from the shore.

An RNLI spokesman said the crew fished out the jacket, checked it, and came to the conclusion it had been dropped.

“You never know what you’re going to find on jobs like this. It was a false alarm with good intent. It’s always better to check it out,” said the spokesman.

He added: “They were pretty relieved it wasn’t someone.”