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Haydn Miller rescues occupant of dinghy blown out to sea

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Tenby's all-weather lifeboat was launched at 8.20am on Monday 26th June, following a report of somebody waving an oar from a dinghy off Broadhaven, 11 miles west of Tenby

The volunteer crew made best speed to Broadhaven, arriving 20 minutes later. After a brief search, an inflatable dinghy was found with one person aboard, about a quarter of a mile offshore, being blown out to sea. The dinghy had been hard to spot due to it being dark in colour and the occupant was also wearing dark coloured clothing.

The dinghy and its occupant were brought aboard the lifeboat, where the casualty was checked over to make sure he didn't need medical attention, before being dropped ashore at Broadhaven, where he was met mby members of Tenby and St Govans Coastguard teams.

The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 9.30am.

A spokesperson for Tenby RNLI said, "We'd like to remind people that inflatable dinghies of the type that can be bought in gift shops should ideally only be used on RNLI lifeguarded beaches in suitable conditions and the occupants should consider carrying a way of raising the alarm, should they find themselves being taken out to sea".

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