Somerset

Burnham-on-Sea lifeboat team rescues stricken dinghy

Three men have been rescued by lifeboat crews after their rubber dinghy drifted out to sea off the Somerset coast.

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI said the vessel was found about a quarter of a mile from Brean beach with one man on board and two in the water holding on.

Helmsman Scott Rundle said: "The three-man crew, males in their late twenties, appeared cold, in poor shape, and approaching stage one hypothermia."

The men, whose rescue began at 1835 BST on Sunday, were treated by paramedics.

Mr Rundle added: "These small rubber boats are not designed for use at sea and they had a very lucky escape."

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