THE coastguard, lifeboats, fire service and police helicopter were called out to New Brighton this morning on what appeared to be a hoax call.
A Liverpool Coastguard spokesman said: “We got a call at 3am to say that there was someone in the water in the Vale Park area, south of New Brighton.
“For over two hours we searched the water and beach as it is unusual to get hoax calls at that time.
“However we could find no one or any footprints on the beach to suggest someone may have got out of the water themselves.
“If this was a hoax it puts a massive strain on our resources and is irresponsible.” THE ECHO