Surprised beachgoers have found a small American military boat washed ashore on Perranporth beach.
The red plastic boat, which is roughly the same size and shape as a dinghy, was reported to Falmouth Coastguard by Perranporth residents Sam Lamiroy and Mark Thorn at 9.30 this morning.
Mr Thorn, who owns nearby shop, Piran Surf, said: “I saw it come rumbling in through the surf while I was doing my daily surf report for the Piran Surf Facebook page.
“Sam Lamiroy and I looked to see if anybody might be trapped in it and then Sam rang the coastguard.”
The boat, which is sealed and cannot hold passengers, was safely recovered by Falmouth coastguard.
A serial number on the bow identified it as originating from a military base in Norfolk, Virginia.
A coastguard spokesman revealed that the shipwrecked dinghy is actually a tracking vessel used to collect data and measure drift patterns in the North Atlantic Ocean.
They added: “While we weren’t expecting the boat, it is fairly routine to have tracking devices such as boats and buoys turn up.”
The coastguard has informed the US Navy of the its appearance.