Coast­guard res­cue man in £10 dinghy

Midweek Sport - - NEWS -

A MAN who drifted a mile out to sea in a toy dinghy had to be res­cued by a lifeboat crew as he bat­tled against the wind and tide.

The RNLI said if the alarm had not been raised they could have been re­cov­er­ing a dead body from the sea off Red­car.

A lifeboat crew mem­ber sped out to­wards the Teesside Wind Farm in the North Sea at around 7.30pm on Mon­day.

The crew­man spot­ted the drenched ca­su­alty, who was wear­ing just a hoodie and shorts, and shouted: “Ey up, what are you do­ing out here?”

He then ra­dioed the Coast­guard that the man was in a “£10 dinghy” and had no safety gear.

The man was then brought back safely to shore and was given safety ad­vice.

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