I picked 3 teenagers out of a sinking dinghy on the doom bar this afternoon while coincidentally waiting there for the Padstow lifeboat to come in for a display 20 mins later. They were wearing life jackets but the combination on 3 guys in a small boat in rough water overwhelmed the small dinghy. They were lucky we saw them. We got to them just as they abandoned the boat, they were cold and a tad scared naturally. No parents in sight..
We managed to salvage the sail, rudder etc and lift the dinghy over the tubes and drop them off on a nearby beach. Gusting F8, no place for inexperience.
My 4 and 6 year olds who are lifeboat fanatics got to witness their first real rescue and my 4 yr old hinted ,as the real lifeboat went past, that we had rescued more than they had today.
something for show and tell next term....