North West Wales

Dinghy couple rescued off Llyn Peninsula had no mobile

Couple stranded on dinghy

A couple have been rescued from a dinghy off the Llyn Peninsula after becoming stranded without a phone.

Holyhead Coastguard said the married couple, who were rescued on Sunday night, had set off without a mobile phone, radio or flares and had only one lifejacket between them.

They were spotted by a man walking along the shoreline in Pistyll, Gwynedd, just before 21:00 BST.

The man was treated for hypothermia and dehydration.

They had been attempting to row back to shore for five hours.

A spokesman for Holyhead Coastguard they were very lucky to have been spotted by the walker: "If it hadn't been for him it could have been a very different story," he said.

He said they became stranded after their dinghy was swamped by a wave which stopped the engine.

They tried to restart it by pulling the cord but the cord snapped, he added.

He said: "No matter how short the trip people should always take the right equipment."