Authorities in Columbus, Ga., said a witness reported a possible drowning may have been fooled by a deflated basketball.
The Ledger-Enquirer reported that a witness claimed he saw what looked like a head floating in the river, but when officers arrived on the scene, one officer reported only seeing a basketball -- not a head -- floating down the Chattahoochee River.
"Nobody's been reported missing on either side of the river," Assistant Chief Robert Futrell said. "There wasn't enough evidence to go on, so we called the search off."
It's certainly not the first time police have responded to an emergency, only to have their rescue attempts dampened.
Last year, 18 officers in China responded to a report that a woman was drowning in a river, only to rescue an inflatable sex doll.
Again last year, officers in Britain smashed through a Mercedes coup window when they spotted a sleeping dog suffering in the sweltering heat, only to find the dog was a stuffed, cuddly toy, The Telegraph reported. Officers left an apology note, promising to fix the window before fleeing the scene in embarrassment.
“I guess they felt like idiots," the 80-year-old owner of the car, Gordon Williams, said.
Ludlow Massachusetts Police Officer Thomas Foye was arrested on August 15, 2013, for allegedly stealing a substance from a police evidence locker that field tested positive for cocaine. Foye, 49, was booked on charges of theft of drugs from a depository and possession of a class B substance. At his arraignment Thursday, Foye entered a not guilty plea before Palmer District Court Judge Patricia T. Poehler. Foye was released without bail, under the conditions that he undergo a substance abuse evaluation and submit to random drug screens A pretrial conference in the case has been scheduled for October 1, 2013.
Jim Deeghan, a former sergeant with the Vermont State Police, is arraigned in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington Vt. on Friday, July 13, 2012. Deeghan of Colchester pleaded not guilty on Friday to two counts of false swearing. Prosecutor T.J. Donovan called it a "crime of opportunity," saying Deeghan reported responding to two car crashes and a false alarm but none of the incidents happened. Last year, Deeghan was paid about $136,000, about $56,000 more than his base pay, although a trooper can typically expect to make about $30,000 in overtime a year. (AP Photo/The Burlington Free Press, Glenn Russell, Pool)
In July 2012, 18 cops in China's Shandong province labored to save this sex doll that they thought was a drowning woman. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/23/sex-doll-saved-from-drowning_n_1696434.html?1343140641" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
In July 2012, Cop Jake Chustz resigned after he allegedly stole an iPhone from the scene of a drunk-driving crash in Baton Rouge. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/13/cop-accused-of-stealing-d_0_n_1670181.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
In October 2011, local outlets reported that a New Mexico man nabbed on surveillance footage having sex on the hood of a car was a cop. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/30/officer-sex-car_n_942051.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
In April 2012, Mike Eiskant, a former cop in Santa Fe, was allegedly caught on the dash cam in his own squad car having a graphic sexual conversation with himself and masturbating. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/10/mike-eiskant-santa-fe-police-officer-masturbating-squad-car-on-duty_n_1415740.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Dion Anthony, Memphis cop, was allegedly caught getting it on in Memphis in March 2012...over the police radio.
In October 2011, Miami cop Fausto Lopez allegedly got into a high-speed car chase with officers after driving on a highway at 120 mph. Lopez reportedly had a need for speed because he was late to his off-duty job working security at a school. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/30/fausto-lopez-police-officer-late-for-work_n_1065888.html#slide=844224" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
He may not be a police officer, but Indiana correctional facility employee (read: jailer) Travis Wilbur, allegedly trafficked drugs to inmates by hiding them in black electrical tape surrounded by fast-food wrappers. He was arrested in June 2012. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/07/travis-wilbur-trafficked-drugs-taco-bell-wrappers-indiana_n_1578878.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>