August 31, 2008

Three Rescued From Dinghies

Three people have been rescued after their inflatable dinghies were blown offshore on the Lincolnshire coast.

A young girl and her father got into difficulty at Ingoldmells Point on Thursday afternoon when they were blown offshore on an inflatable.

A teenage boy then tried to rescue the pair on his own dinghy but also got into difficulties.

The father attempted to swim back to shore with the dinghies but when he reached the beach he was in a semi-conscious condition.

He was then flown by air ambulance to the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.

The lifeboat brought the two children back to the beach where a helicopter took the girl to hospital suffering from shock and hypothermia.

Peter Wheeler, watch manager for the rescue and co-ordination centre said: "We would emphasise yet again that inflatable toys should not be used when the wind is blowing away from the land, and if used at all, they should be tethered to the shore."

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