Exmouth coastguards in father-and-son capsized dingy rescue

PUBLISHED: 13:05 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:28 10 June 2010

Wednesday, August 13 - EXMOUTH coastguards were called to Ladram Bay on Tuesday afternoon after a father and his eight-year-old son were seen clinging to rocks when their inflatable dingy capsized.

EXMOUTH coastguards were called to Ladram Bay on Tuesday afternoon after a father and his eight-year-old son were seen clinging to rocks when their inflatable dingy capsized.

The coastguard team, Sidmouth rescue boat and the coastguard helicopter swung into action as the pair were in danger of being swept out to sea.

The casualties were picked up by the rescue boat and returned to Sidmouth before being taken to hospital suffering from the cold.

Portland Coastguard Watch Manager Nigel Robson said: "With strong winds evident on the coast today and gales forecast it is a pertinent time to remind people of the danger of using inflatables that are not tethered to the shore, as even light winds can upturn an inflatable or blow it out to sea.

"If you are entering the water in a toy inflatable, always tether it so that it cannot be blown out to sea, or supervise any children using them. It is also advisable to wear lifejackets in all weather conditions.

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