Father and son rescued after boat swept onto rocks near Great Yarmouth outer harbour

RNLI Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Lifeboat. Picture: James Bass

RNLI Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Lifeboat. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

Lifeboat crews rescued a father and son off the coast of Great Yarmouth this afternoon.

The coastguard was called to reports of two people in a small open boat just north of the outer harbour at 4.45pm.

The RNLI Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboat crew found the pair and rescued the man, 38, who was in 'waist-deep water'.

The boy, 12, was rescued from the rock armour by the outer harbour by Happisburgh coastguards.

A coastguard officer said the pair, from Great Yarmouth, were checked by paramedics once ashore and were both doing well.

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A Yarmouth lifeboat spokesman said the father and son had gone out in the boat, and the engine stopped. The father tried to row to shore, but was swept onto the rocks.

He said they were both wearing lifejackets.

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