Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat was launched on Wednesday September 3 after reports of a swimmer clinging to a marker buoy in Pevensey Bay.
Reports came in form the Dover Coastguard but when the boat reached the buoy, which was 150 metres offshore, they found a well equipped, experienced swimmer partaking in her regular exercise regime.
The swimmer was made aware of how the situation would have looked from an observer on the beach, particularly in the choppy conditions prevailing at the time.
It was suggested she should make a call to the coastguards before setting out to avoid future concern.
The incident was noted as a false alarm with good intent.