Great Yarmouth dinghy prank man in lifeboat rescue

The man rescued by the lifeboat service Image copyright Great Yarmouth and Gorleston RNLI
Image caption The unnamed 22-year-old was "lucky" as the dinghy could have been blown into shipping lanes, the lifeboat service said

A man who was pushed out to sea in a dinghy for a joke by his friends and then carried off by strong winds has been rescued by lifeboat crews.

Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboats were called to reports of a man, 22, in a dinghy near Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth on Thursday afternoon.

He did not have any paddles when he was found. He was taken to Gorleston.

Lifeboat crews said it was a "prank gone wrong", and Coxswain Paddy Lee added: "He is a very lucky man".

"This could have easily been a different outcome. He was being blown offshore into wind farm traffic and shipping lanes.

"The dinghy was losing air. The sea is still very cold," he said.

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Image caption The rescued man had been dressed in shorts and a T-shirt and did not have any paddles

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