Becalmed and adrift on ebbing tide

Thursday 23rd August 2012 at 1.02 p.m. Yarmouth Coastguard received a call on a mobile phone, from two persons in a sailing dinghy, stating they were drifting out to sea off Heacham.

The wind had dropped and the ebbing tide was taking them out to sea. They had no oars, anchor or any means of getting the dinghy ashore. Hunstanton RNLI volunteer crew were paged and launched at 1.12 pm.

On arrival at scene the crew took the dinghy in tow, and landed them at Heacham beach. Lifeboat returned to station at 1.59 pm.

Though not in immediate danger, persons going to sea should equip their boat with the basic means of survival, in the event of just such event, oars/paddles, anchor, bailer, lifejackets, and common sense.

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