Reports of a body floating in the river Tyne prompted the launch of Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat on Thursday evening.
Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the inshore lifeboat at 19:05 after they received a report from a member of the public about a body in the water near to Customs House Quay, South Shields.
The lifeboat sped to the scene and the volunteer crew quickly identified the ‘body’ as a floating log.
The incident was treated as a false alarm with good intent and the lifeboat was stood down.
Lifeboat: D-693 Mark Noble