Man rescued after dinghy capsizes near Heacham

Hunstanton lifeboat went to the aid of a sailor whose dinghy had capsized. Picture: Alan Fisher

The Hunstanton Lifeboat came to the aid of a sailor after he had capsized his dinghy off the coast at Heacham yesterday morning.

The Humber Coastguard contacted the Hunstanton RNLI at around 11am to go to the aid of the man who was having difficulty righting his vessel about three quarters of a mile from the shore.

The incident was reported by a member of the public who called the coastguard after seeing the sailor struggling.

The man was in the water for around 15 minutes before he was rescued.

When the Hunstanton volunteer crew arrived on the scene the dinghy's occupant had managed to upright the boat, which had suffered a broken boom.

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The crew of the lifeboat, the Spirit of West Norfolk, took the vessel in tow and landed it at South Beach, Heacham, where it was taken into the care of the local coastguard team.

The lone sailor was asked if he needed any medical treatment following the incident but although he was exhausted he was otherwise fine.

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The lifeboat returned to station by 11.55am.

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