Man rescued one mile offshore in toy dinghy by Redcar RNLI
A man in a toy dinghy was rescued a mile offshore after he was carried away by wind and tide.
'It was a reasonably pleasant evening but the wind and tide were a recipe for this to happen. We believe the man was in his 30s. He was dressed in only a hoodie and shorts. He was bigger than the dinghy so his feet were hanging over the edge.
'If the alarm hadn't been raised there was every likelihood he'd have drifted out of sight of land and we could well have been bringing a dead body back.'
The RNLI's Respect The Water campaign focuses on the dangers the sea can present, and in particular the effects of cold water are being highlighted. For more information on sea safety and the Respect The Water campaign, visit rnli.org.
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