Shipwreck leads to false alarm call out over ‘whale in difficulty’ sighting
PUBLISHED: 09:03 28 October 2018 | UPDATED: 08:37 29 October 2018
A Gorleston shipwreck sparked a Coastguard call after someone thought it was a whale that had got into difficulty off the coast.
Gorleston Coastguard Rescue Team were called out to investigate reports a sea-going mammal may have got into difficulties.
However the team soon discovered the “whale” was in fact the shipwreck of the White Swan cargo ship, which sank off Gorleston beach in 1916.
A statement on the Gorleston Coastguard team’s Facebook page said: “Team called out to investigate a reported sighting of a whale in difficulties. At scene spoke with the first informant and it was quickly established that what they were looking at was in fact part of the Swan wreck. A false alarm with good intent and quickly resolved.”
The call-out was received at 4pm on Thursday.
The White Swan sank after a storm in November 1916 and its wreck has seen other false alarms made to the Coastguard.