Men swept out to sea in toy boat

PUBLISHED: 12:11 19 November 2010 | UPDATED: 12:21 19 November 2010

Photo from RNLI: Crews rescue two men in toy dinghy

Photo from RNLI: Crews rescue two men in toy dinghy


A RESCUE operation got underway this week as two men were swept out to sea.

Weston’s RNLI volunteers were called to reports of people in a small inflatable toy dinghy drifting out to sea on the strong Bristol Channel tides, 1.5miles west of the Grand Pier, at about 1pm on Monday.

The Anna Stock lifeboat was launched and rescuers said the sea appeared ‘deceptively peaceful’ that day.

RNLI Helmsman Liam McDermott said: “They did not realise they were in danger as, although they had noticed they were not going in the direction they thought they were paddling, they did not understand the strength of the tides.

“Also they were not wearing lifejackets and had no means of calling for help.”

The two men boarded the lifeboat before being taken ashore with their toy dinghy.

Mr McDermott stressed that the Bristol Channel has the second highest tide in the world and that people must be careful.

He added: “It is never safe to go out unless you have an understanding of the sea and are in a good strong boat with the appropriate safety equipment.

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