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2 MEN IN A DINGHY RESCUED BY RYDE’S INDEPENDENT LIFEBOAT

Ryde Inshore Rescue were tasked to reports of 2 men in a dinghy drifting some 1.5 miles off the coast of the Isle of Wight yesterday evening (Monday).

Solent Coastguard paged the volunteer lifeboat crew at 20:20 to locate and assist the duo, who after 12 hours of sailing – with no wind and engine failure – were getting nowhere in their 15ft vessel.

Ryde Rescue 1 took them under tow for some 50 minutes to their sailing club at Hillhead on the mainland, where they were safely recovered.

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The lifeboat returned to Appley via Gosport for fuel and all crew left the station just after 23:00.

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