Devon

Men abandon boat in Swansea sparking North Devon search

Two men who got into difficulty while fishing in a dinghy off Swansea sparked a rescue operation in North Devon.

The coastguard was alerted to the green dinghy off Bull Point, North Devon on Friday which contained fishing rods, food and a newspaper, but no occupants.

A helicopter from RAF Chivenor was launched and lifeboats from Ilfracombe and Appledore searched the area.

The search was called-off when it was found that two men rescued from Swansea Bay had left their drifting dinghy.

The men had gone out in the dinghy to go fishing, but had swum 250m back to the shore after getting into difficulty.

The coastguard was alerted to the 22-year-old and 16-year-old men swimming ashore fully-clothed but the dinghy was not retrieved.

Both men were taken to Morriston Hospital but were released unharmed.

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