LYME Regis coastguards and the lifeboat crew were launch on Sunday after receiving a report that a swimmer could potentially be in trouble off Charmouth.
The alarm call was made to the coastguards following the discovery of clothes on the beach. However, it was later established that the clothes belonged to a man safely swimming nearby and he needed no assistance.
Coastguards had requested the lifeboat crew to launch at 2.41pm and they were stood down some twenty minutes later.
This was the 41st call for help answered by the volunteer lifeboat crew so far this year, and it was recorded as a false alarm with good intent.