Lifeboat called to '˜ditched aircraft' found giraffe-shaped balloon

A lifeboat crew was called out to a report of an aircraft ditching only to find out it was sparked by a balloon shaped as a giraffe.

A lifeboat in South Queensferry responded to the call. Picture: Hamish Campbell

South Queensferry lifeboat was sent out after a member of the public called in to report a possible aircraft ditching in the Firth of Forth on Tuesday.

The team reached the object and found it was a giraffe-shaped helium balloon.

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A Coastguard spokesman said the call at 9.50am was made in good faith.

He said: “The South Queensferry lifeboat was called out to a possible aircraft ditching in the Firth of Forth which turned out to be a giraffe-shaped helium balloon. The man who called wasn’t trying to mislead us. He saw it and he thought it was an aircraft.”

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