LIFEBOAT crews were called out after the UK Coastguard electronic signal indicating a person had fallen overboard in a river.

Harwich RNLI was paged at 8.10pm for an immediate launch and crews took the station’s inshore lifeboat Tierney, Harvey and Sonny Reid to the reported position in the River Orwell.

Once there, it was determined that a recently installed electrical device had inadvertently triggered the man overboard signal.

A spokesman for Harwich RNLI said: “The owner had been able to turn off the signal but after it was established that no-one was in danger, the inshore lifeboat returned to the station.”

The next day, Sunday, April 23, saw the UK Coastguard call out Harwich RNLI crews again.

This time, the station’s all weather lifeboat The Duke of Kent was called out to assist an injured worker on a vessel heading towards Harwich Harbour.

Crews were tasked with evacuating the worker from the vessel and transporting them to a wating ambulance for further care.

The spokesman added: “Volunteer members of the Harwich lifeboat crew who had been trained in casualty care watched over the worker until they could be handed into the care of the emergency teams on land.

“Once the tasking had been completed, Harwich RNLI crews commenced their regular training.”