When a life jacket was discovered on a Northumberland beach yesterday, local Coastguard teams sprung into action to solve the mystery and find its owner.
During a regular training session in the evening, the Howick and Amble Coastguard teams were alerted to the life jacket found by a dog walker on the coast at Boulmer and the detective work began.
The teams contacted Humber Coastguard operations centre, which covers the area from the Scottish Border to Southwold, in Suffolk, with details from the jacket.
It was then traced to a ship, which was sailing in the Bay of Biscay off the coast of France, having left Teesport. The ship was contacted by Humber Coastguard and it was confirmed that all crew were safe and well. Both Coastguard teams were stood down.
"This was an example of following through the correct process for a satisfactory outcome - the Coastguard at its best," said a spokesman at Humber.
Of course, there could have been a very different outcome and the volunteer rescue service advised if anyone sees anything like this along the coast it is vital you dial #999 and ask for the Coastguard.