Dramatic moment boy saved after drifting a mile out at sea on dinghy

This is the incredible moment a young boy was rescued after he was blown out to sea and drifted more than a mile on a small inflatable boat.

Rescue footage shared by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) shows volunteers being sent to search for the 11-year-old who was stranded on an orange dinghy off the coast of Dungeness in Kent.

As soon as they notice the bright orange inflatable boat, they ask the boy to remain calm and still while they steer their vessel closer to him.

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"You alright mate? Well done for staying there," one crew member tells the boy, who is seen wearing a lime green swim shorts.

"Well done, okay, hold onto me. Okay, well done. Walk in there."

They warm him up with a blanket, biscuits and a drink as the crew pick up the small boat and head back to the shore.

Stuart Richardson, one of the crew members who volunteered in the mission, said they received a 999 call from the boy's family and a member of the public on the beach – and quickly launched a search of the area.

He said: "The boy’s family on the beach could see their son being blown offshore and realising the situation was quickly worsening did the right thing in calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard.

"He also did the right thing by staying seated in the dinghy until help arrived. When we reached him, he was very cold and scared but otherwise well and we warmed him up with blankets, biscuits, and a drink before reuniting him with his parents."

The boy’s mother recalled the moment she noticed her son's boat drifting out to sea.

"I shouted out to him to stay still and stay on the boat, and he listened," she said.

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"I can’t explain the emotions I went through when I saw him drifting out to sea. In that moment, I felt like I lost him.

"When the lifeboat crew brought my son back to me, I thanked them for saving his life and I can remember one crew member saying, 'we didn’t save him, he saved himself by staying on the inflatable dinghy'."


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