A major search operation for a body reported to have been seen in the River Hull ended with a giant ‘BFG’ dummy being pulled out of the water.
Police said it had received reports of a body in the river, close to North Bridge in Hull, on Wednesday lunchtime.
A helicopter scoured the area for hours and an “object matching the casualty’s description” was located, the Hull Coastguard Rescue Team said.
“On recovery it turned out to be a dummy,” the coastguard said.
“Many thanks to the member of the public who phoned this in initially. Thankfully it turned out to be a false alarm with good intent.
“All teams were stood down and returned to their respective stations.”
One Facebook user likened the dummy, which is believed to be several feet long, to the Roald Dahl character, the BFG.