Volunteers race to inflatable adrift with two people aboard
Saturday 8 June 2019
Author: Adam Holmes
Volunteers race to rescue two from Dinghy, being blown over a mile out to sea.
Skegness RNLI, D class inshore lifeboat was launched late this morning (8 June 2019) to reports of an inflatable dinghy being blown out to sea with two people on board; one and a half miles out to see from the coast at Chapel st Leonards, north of Skegness.
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteer crew were alerted to the incident around 11:20am this morning by UK Coastguard Humber based at Briddlington, The team of three crew worked with the assistance of NCI (National Coast Watch) Chapel st Leonards to locate the casualties and bring them to safety.
The four meter inflatable dinghy was located drifting north east out to sea on the days stiff south westerly wind, some mile and a half from the shore, its occupants were unaware of the danger they were in or the difficulty they would have trying to reach the shore. The pair had been out testing out their new boat.
Lee St Quinton, RNLI Helmsman for Skegness RNLI Lifeboat, says: ‘On this occasion the gentlemen were very lucky that someone had alerted us to their plight, inflatable boats and dinghies are not suitable for the open sea and should not be used where situation like this can evolve. In this case the people involved were not prepeared for emergencies, there were no life jackets and no method of alerting anyone for help save for mobile phones which are not reliable out to sea.’
The two occupants of the inflatable were assessed to make sure they were in good health and transferred in to the lifeboat, eventually being brought back to the shore and handed to the care of local coastguard officers.
Notes to editors
· Skegness lifeboat station has been operating since 1839. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: www.rnliskegness.org.uk
· Helmsman Lee St Quinton is available for interview
· Video Footage of rescue will be available separately