Arbroath lifeboat launched after tree mistaken for body in sea

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The Arbroath RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched earlier today (Monday) after a walker reported seeing what they believed was a body in the sea off the Needles E’e area of the town’s cliffs.

The request for lifeboat assistance was received from HM Coastguard just before 11am and the inshore lifeboat Robert Fergusson was launched shortly after.

Upon arriving at the scene the volunteer RNLI crew, working in challenging sea conditions, quickly identified the object in the water as being a small tree.

Alex Smith, lifeboat operations manager at Arbroath said: “A member of the public reported, with the best of intentions, that they had spotted what they believed to be a body in the sea.

“We launched our inshore lifeboat in difficult sea conditions when the request for assistance was received.

“The person who reported the sighting had remained on the cliffs and they were able to assist our crew in locating the object, which thankfully turned out to be no more than what appears to be a discarded Christmas tree.”

The tree was recovered onto the lifeboat and taken back to shore to be disposed of safely.