RNLI rescues two men after dinghy blown out to sea at Ingoldmells

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TWO men were rescued on Sunday morning after their inflatable dinghy was blown half-a-mile out to sea.

The Skegness RNLI inshore lifeboat was scrambled at 11.30am after two dinghies were reported to be blowing out to sea by strong westerly winds at Ingoldmells Point.

As the lifeboat proceeded north one of the inflatables managed to make it ashore, but the other continued to be 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.”

“The important point is they stayed in the boat 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.

To view a video of the rescue go to www.youtube.com/RNLIskegness