In Photos: Boy rescued by holidaymakers as dinghy is blown into
was the moment a teenager was rescued by holidaymakers on Saturday
(May 26th) after he was blown out half a mile into the Bristol
Channel while using an inflatable dinghy.
lifeboats, police and an ambulance from Burnham-On-Sea rushed
to Berrow beach at 10.55am after the boy's family raised the alarm
when they saw him frantically waving from the inflatable.
15 year-old's family, from Kidderminster in the West Midlands,
swam out into the channel with a rubber ring to pull him back
before one of Burnham's lifeboats arrived on scene.
boy was treated on the beach by an ambulance crew for shock.
Coastguard Station Officer Steve Bird told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"He was very lucky to be rescued. While the efforts of his
family were admirable, this was potentially a dangerous thing
to do given the strong off-shore winds and an outgoing tide."
Robinson, one of the rescuers on the beach, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The dinghy was getting blown further and further out to
sea - it must have been half a mile or more - so we decided to
swim out to reach him. We are so relieved he's safe again."
and the lifeboat crew checked over the teenager before the ambulance
arrived to give him treatment.
The scenes on Berrow beach on Saturday during the rescue of the
teenager (Photos: Burnham-On-Sea.com)