Is that a child lost at sea? No, it's just a blow-up thong

AN INFLATABLE Australia Day thong sparked a Saturday afternoon search and rescue operation in Hervey Bay involving a helicopter, water police and lifesavers.

About 4pm a woman was fishing near Pialba's Seafront Oval when she thought she saw a child on a blow up dinghy heading out to sea.

Hervey Bay Police Senior Constable Brad Allen said the woman told a man what she had seen.

He then contacted police.

Snr Const Allen said the man reported seeing the dinghy but didn't see anyone on board.

Water police and Hervey Bay surf lifesaving teams went in search of the vessel, only to discover an unoccupied inflatable thong.

Snr Const Allen said the teams continued to search the waters but found no one.

An RACQ CareFlight helicopter was brought up from Maroochydore to help police in their efforts.

"A creeping line search of the area (was conducted) and we were unable to locate any persons," he said.

"Searches of the beach failed to locate clothing or personal items."

Snr Const Allen said after the search finished, and no person was located, police closed the job.

It is not known if the inflatable thong was reunited with its owner.

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