Two 12 year old boys adrift in the Bristol channel off Penarth on an inflatable constructor’s airbag were brought to safety in a dramatic lifeboat rescue at low tide this afternoon.
The two boys had been unable to propel the airbag back to the shore and one of them had jumped into the water and was attempting to swim and physically push the airbag to safety.
Scores of visitors on the sea front and on Penarth Pier looked on as the D Class lifeboat was launched – having to be taken down to the low water mark to get afloat.
Penarth Coastguard officers were also called to the scene.
The lifeboat quickly rescued the two boys – and retrieved their airbag brought them back to the Penarth Lifeboat slipway for hot drinks and chocolate. They appeared to be none the worse for their experience.
Their makeshift raft had been spotted off the yellow-and-black coloured Outer Wrach cardinal buoy – north of Penarth Pier and it’s understood alert Vale of Glamorgan Council staff on Penarth Pier had raised the alarm .