KALMAR, Sweden -- A drunk Swedish sailor sparked a major sea rescue alert after reporting that his wife fell overboard, only for police to discover that he forgot to take her on the trip, Sweden's English-language news website The Local reported Friday.

The man sounded the alarm as he sailed near Kalmar, off the southern coast of Sweden, believing that his wife had fallen overboard and drowned.

But when rescuers arrived, they found him drifting with a broken tiller, and no sign of his wife.

After a brief search, they discovered that the woman was never on the boat during the trip and was safe on shore throughout the whole ordeal.

The man was towed back to the dock, where he failed a Breathalyzer test, and was promptly charged with boating while intoxicated.