WATCH: Men rescued from sinking dinghy by RNLI
PUBLISHED: 09:44 30 June 2015 | UPDATED: 16:40 30 June 2015
TWO ‘lucky’ men on a blow-up dinghy were rescued by Weston RNLI.
Weston beach rangers saw the dinghy about a mile out to sea from the Grand Pier just after 3pm yesterday (Monday).
The RNLI crews found two young men on board who claimed they had been out to sea for three hours and had intended to go to Steep Holm Island.
The men were transferred onto the lifeboat, where it became clear the dinghy was leaking and in danger of sinking.
Liam McDermott, D Class helmsman, said: “These young men were very lucky. Not only were they being carried out to sea by the tides but their dinghy was completely unsafe for the Bristol Channel.
“Also it was sinking and if we had not got to them they would have ended up struggling in the water.”
The men were checked over by RNLI crews before being handed over to the Coastguard.