RNLI sent to rescue stranded dinghy

TWO men in a dinghy had to be rescued by the RNLI when the outboard engine broke down on their

dinghy.

The men, members of the Hastings Motorboat and Yacht Club, were around 1.5 miles east of the lifeboat station at The Stade when a member of public saw them in distress and raised the alarm.

They had started to use oars to get back safely to shore but the tide pushed them onto rocks at Rock A Nore.

The inshore rescue boat was launched at 10.36am on Wednesday and quickly located the stricken dinghy. They towed the men back to the shore in an operation lasting around 30 minutes.

Earlier today, the two rescued men walked into the RNLI station and presented the crew with a cheque for £100.

Station spokesman and volunteer Clive Mayhew said: “It was a really nice touch from these two men. They really appreciated our help and every penny makes a massive difference to our cause.

“We have the bank holiday approaching this weekend and we just never know what we’re going to get.

“We often rely on the public as our eyes and ears all along the coast. We really appreciate their help.”