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Father and son in small dinghy rescued from busy shipping lane off Prestatyn coast

Credit: RNLI/Paul Frost

A father and son in a small inflatable dinghy had to be rescued by lifeboat after they drifted into a busy shipping lane near the port of Mostyn.

The pair had wanted to row out to the windfarms off the Prestayn coast, but they found themselves in trouble due to misty weather, an offshore wind and cross-shore tide.

People on the shore reported that a two-metre long inflatable boat had been lost in the mist, so both of Rhyl's lifeboats were launched in anticipation of a possible search for the boat.

A member of the public spotted the boat again, and the local volunteer coastguard team were able to direct the lifeboat crews to the boat.

The dinghy was found two miles of the Pretatyn coast. Credit: RNLI/Paul Frost

The man and his young son were in the middle of the busy shipping lane to the port of Mostyn, which is used by numerous windfarm transfer boats and the Airbus wing ferry, trying to row ashore but not making any headway.

The pair were taken on board the lifeboat, as was their dinghy.

The pair's dinghy onboard the lifeboat. Credit: RNLI/Paul Frost

The RNLI said neither man was properly equipped for a four-mile journey to the windfarm. They did not have lifejackets, flares, or a means of calling for help.

The lifeboat crew took the casualties back to the Prestatyn shore, where they were then ferried to the beach on the inshore lifeboat, to be met by the coastguards.

The two were very lucky to have been spotted from the shore by the public, struggling to make any progress.

We thank these onlookers who correctly alerted the emergency services by dialling 999 and asking for the coastguard. Where the casualties were located, was in the middle of the approach channel to Mostyn Docks. We are just so glad we were able to rescue and see them safely ashore.

– Martin Jones, Coxswain of Rhyl lifeboat station

The RNLI says the casualties were given safety advice by the coastguard team on their return to shore.