Baby and toddler rescued by Ilfracombe lifeboat

A baby, a toddler and two adults were rescued by Ilfracombe Inshore Lifeboat on Saturday after their inflatable dinghy was swept out to sea. The family had been paddling around off Lee Bay with their children, aged just 14 months and three-years-old, when

A baby, a toddler and two adults were rescued by Ilfracombe Inshore Lifeboat on Saturday after their inflatable dinghy was swept out to sea.

The family had been paddling around off Lee Bay with their children, aged just 14 months and three-years-old, when their toy boat was caught by the tide and washed away from shore.

Ilfracombe's lifeboat was asked to launch by Swansea Coastguard and the family were found a half mile along the coast after being washed amongst the rocks.

They were taken back to Lee, where they were met by members of Mortehoe Coastguard rescue team.


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It was the first rescue for Ilfracombe lifeboat's youngest and newest crewman Ben Langham, aged 17, who had only just seen his application to join the crew officially accepted on Friday.

"This was a fairly routine incident for me to attend for my first rescue," said Ben, who follows in the footsteps of his father Ian Langham, who has been a lifeboat man in Ilfracombe for some years.

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"The family had only one lifejacket for the baby and no other safety equipment with them, which was very dangerous. The child was very shaken by the incident. "Inflatable dinghies are not designed to be used on the open sea as they are too light and flimsy and are easily washed out to sea by the tide.

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