The Happisburgh RNLI crew has called for people not to use inflatables at the beach after it was called out to reports that someone had been blown out to sea.
The local Coastwatch saw an inflatable being blown out to sea, with what they thought was a person next to it on Monday.
The Russell Pickering was launched, with Charlotte Siely on the helm and Tim Grimmer and Matthew Haystead as crew, but when they reached the inflatable, nobody was found – just an orange football.
The team then initiated a search of the area and a shoreline search to Sea Palling with Bacton Coastguard team also taking part.
It was a call with good intent, but the RNLI has called on people not to use inflatables on the beach as there are fewer lifeguards on call and fewer people on the beaches, which places people with inflatables in greater danger.