June 2, 2008
Photos show 'dinghy duo' in their inflatable boats
exclusive photos show the two teenagers who sparked a Coastguard
rescue near Burnham-On-Sea last week.
images were taken on a waterproof camera by the pair and show
them floating about in their £4.99 inflatable dinghies just
moments before they got swept out into the Bristol Channel, apparently
oblivious to the danger they were in.
from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston were called out to search for the
pair, Sammy Allison (17) and Tom Carlisyle (16), last
Thursday after they dialled 999 on a mobile phone to alert
the emergency services after scrambling ashore on nearby Brean
pair were visiting Weston on a half-term holiday trip. They set
sail from close to Weston pier at 1pm after buying their dinghies
from a tourist shop in the resort.
they quickly got into difficulty when the tide swept them out
from the shore, across Weston Bay, to Brean Down.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com last week: "We were floating about
in the shallow water besides the pier when we got swept out into
I was able to direct us towards Brean Down using the dinghy's
search was launched for the pair by two teams of Coastguards,
who found them seven a half hours after they initially left Weston
have issued a warning about the use of inflatable boats following
the incident, saying they should not be used in deep water, fast
flowing-estuaries, or far from the shore.