Sheringham Lifeboat rescues six people, including an 18-month-old child

An 18-month-old child was among six people who were brought safely to shore during two lifeboat rescues off Sheringham.

On Friday, the James Dugdale was launched at the request of Great Yarmouth Coastguard to help a small inflatable with four people on board, including the young child.

The boat was drifting with the tide 800m offshore and two-and-a-half miles due east of the lifeboat station.

One paddle of the dinghy had broken, making it impossible to steer.

The lifeboat reached the dinghy and took all four people on board, before the crew deflated the boat and brought them back to shore.

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At 12.40pm today, the coastguard again asked the James Dugdale to launch, this time to help two people on a Fletcher 18ft speedboat.

The engine had failed and the boat was drifting, four-and-a-half miles north-east of Sheringham and two-and-a-half miles from Cley.

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The speedboat was towed back to Blakeney bar and handed over to Wells inshore lifeboat to take the two passengers to Blakeney quay.

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