Five rescued from dinghies off Portland

Five people have been rescued after their dinghies drifted out to sea in strong tides off the Dorset coast.

The alarm was raised by a member of the public at about 1340 BST on Thursday when the group was seen near Grove Point, Portland.

A rescue operation was launched about 1.8 miles (2.9km) south of Portland Bill and the crew was towed back to safety.

HM Coastguard warned that all vessels should carry a VHF radio and flares.

The crew said they were unable to make their way back to Portland Harbour due to strong tides and lack of wind.

No-one was injured.

The rescue operation included a local angling vessel and Weymouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat.

Andrew Jenkins, Portland Coastguard watch manager said: "We would like to thank all members of the public for their assistance in reporting these craft.

"Although in this instance the crew of these dinghies were recovered safe and well, the incident could have had a different outcome."

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