A SEARCH has taken place off the Cumbrian coast after reports that an aircraft had ditched into the sea.

Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team say they were called shortly before 6.30pm on Monday by the Belfast Coastguard after a member of the public reported seeing what they believed were the tracks of an aircraft ditching at sea.

A spokesman from Whitehaven Coastguard said: "On further investigation with multiple occurrences, it was identified as a number of waterspouts forming between west Cumbria and the Isle of Man.

"The incident was a false alarm with good intent.

"Our thanks to the first informant for their swift notification to allow us to investigate.

"In a coastal, sea or cliff emergency, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard."