Café customer raises alarm over drifting dinghy

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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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