Two rescued from inflatable by Skegness RNLI

Sunday 28 August 2011

Author: Russell Matthews

Two rescued from inflatable by Skegness RNLI
Skegness RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) inshore lifeboat Peterborough Beer Festival IV rescued two people from a small inflatable dinghy blowing offshore earlier today (Sunday).

The call came at 11:30am, when two inflatables - each with two occupants - were reported to be blowing out to sea at Ingoldmells Point in the strong westerly wind.

As the lifeboat proceeded north one of the inflatables managed to make it ashore while the other was being blown further out.

Helmsman Gavin Abbott took the lifeboat alongside the inflatable which was now almost half a mile from the beach.

Gavin said: 'They had been blown a long way out to sea. They told me they realised the danger they were in but by that time it was too far for them to swim ashore.'

He added, 'The important point is they stayed in the dinghy and waited to be rescued. Had they tried to swim back they could have found themselves in very serious trouble.'

The two occupants were taken ashore and thanked the volunteer crew members for their help. The lifeboat was back at Skegness, refuelled and washed down at 12:15pm.

A brief video of this call out is available on YouTube.

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