North East Wales

Mystery dinghy sparks air and sea search off Rhyl coast

Dinghy recovered off the coast of Rhyl Image copyright Rhyl RNLI
Image caption The inflatable boat was recovered by lifeboat crews

A mystery dinghy found abandoned by a jet skier sparked a major air and sea search off the Denbighshire coast.

The inflatable boat, which contained a fishing rod with a line still in the water, a drinks bottle and a flip flop, was found two miles off the Rhyl shoreline on Tuesday.

The Rhyl lifeboat, an RNLI inshore lifeboat and a RAF Sea King helicopter were involved in the search.

The hunt was called off when a "very wet boy" was later found on the beach.

Holyhead Coastguard said it believed the boy had panicked after drifting off-shore in the dinghy and abandoned his belongings before swimming to the beach.

"At least it had a happy ending," said a coastguard spokesman.

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