Two coastguard teams and a RNLI lifeboat crew were called to help in the search for a missing man in the Bideford area last night.
The coastguard teams from Westward Ho! and Instow and the RNLI crew from Appledore were called at 9pm by police who needed assistance with their search.
However the police stood them down, having located the man, before any of the crews had left their stations.
The police were unable to give any more details about the incident at this stage.