Dinghy teens in sea rescue

A Coastguard officer takes the details from the rescued youths
A Coastguard officer takes the details from the rescued youths

THREE Blackpool teenagers were rescued from an inflatable dinghy after coastguards spotted it out at sea.

Coastguard and Beach Patrol officers said the rubber dinghy was ‘drifting’ about 300m off-shore near the mirror ball at South Shore, which was “too far for their liking”.

A lifeboat was launched from Lytham to bring the boys – aged between 14 and 18 – back to shore at just after noon.

Officers are now warning beach goers of the dangers of inflatable dinghies which they say should only be used in the sea if they are secured with a rope.

Yesterday’s incident comes a year after the tragic death of Michael Sheehan, 14, who drowned after being pulled under the waves near Central pier while he was playing with an inflatable rubber ring.

And only weeks after 50 of Michael’s relatives gathered near the fatal spot to unveil a memorial stone and pay tribute to the school boy.

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