Café customer raises alarm over drifting dinghy

Café customer raises alarm over drifting dinghy

A café customer saved the lives of four men after spotting them waving for help as their inflatable dinghy drifted in strong winds.

BBC News reports that the group of men, from Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, were blown away from the shore of Oxwich Bay, Gower, near Swansea, yesterday afternoon. They were not wearing lifejackets or carrying flares.

An RNLI lifeboat towed the men safely back to shore.

A spokesman said: "The person in the café could see four people in an inflatable dinghy waving for assistance.

"We launched Horton and Port Eynon RNLI inshore lifeboat and Oxwich coastguard team to assess.

"The lifeboat crew found the dinghy with the four men holding on to a buoy. Their anchor had drifted in the wind.

"They didn't have any lifejackets or flares with them.

"As well as carrying the correct safety equipment, you should always check the weather before you set out.

"An inflatbale in that sort of wind is not safe at all."

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Nestled between Saundersfoot and Pendine, this pristine beach is very popular with swimmers and those with a penchant for rockpooling. Did you know? At extreme low tide you can see the petrified forest destroyed when sea levels rose 7,000 years ago. Fossilised antlers, animal bones and Neolithic flints have been discovered here in the past...

Kate and Wills have been sighted here on several occassions - so who knows, if you visit Aberffraw you may spot the couple on one of their regular country walks! Did you know? In Welsh mythology, Aberffraw is the site of Branwen and Matholwch's wedding festival where Efnysien maimed Matholwch's horses.

A sandy beach stretching three miles and backed with sand dunes, at low tide Rhossili Bay is expansive, giving you the option of walking over to Worm's Head (pictured). Did you know? Rhossili Bay has been used as the setting of New Earth in Doctor Who and the bay was used in Torchwood: Miracle Day.

A beautiful beach laden with history, Whitesands Bay is popular with surfers and has been described as one of the best tourist beaches in the world. Did you know? At very low tide the remains of an ancient submerged forest can be seen on the beach - a bear jaw was once discovered here.

A small harbour resort located within the Snowdonia National Park, Aberdyfi offers a range of watersports including sailing, canoeing, fishing and boat trips. Did you know? The Romans established a track into Aberdyfi as part of the military occupation of Wales around AD78.

A truly peaceful corner of the world with wonderful views, Dinas Dinlle is the perfect place to take a ramble. Did you know? From the village, you can take pleasure flights around the peninsula or even take flying lessons.

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Marloes, an isolated stretch of sand, is rarely busy. It offers views to Skokholm and Gateholm Islands and is a good spot for surfing and horse-riding. Did you know? The remains of neolithic to medieval settlements can be found on the island.

Rocky outcrops, sealife, a Millennium Celtic Cross and rockpools can all be found here. The sea is clean and safe for swimming, too. Did you know? Legend has it that Saint Ffraid, the patron saint of Trearddur Bay, from Kildare, Ireland was carried over the Irish Sea and arrived at the beach on a square of green turf.

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