The Coastguard Initial Response Team, the IRT, was tasked to rescue a 10 year old boy and a 7 year old girl who had jumped from their inflatable dinghy. The children had panicked when the sea conditions changed just off the main beach in Lyme Regis. The inshore lifeboat had also been launched to assist with the rescue. The mother of the two children had swam out to the children and had managed to recover them safely back to the shore despite the choppy waters.
The Coastguard would like to remind the public that inflatable toy boats can easily be blown out to sea. If you insist on using , please ensure that the inflatable is tethered and an adult is supervising at the water’s edge. If people do find themselves being swept out to sea on an inflatable boat or toy, please stay with the boat and shout for help, waving your arms if possible. Do not attempt to swim for shore, if you are out of your depth.