Brothers saved in sea rescue drama

TWO young brothers are today lucky to be alive after they ended up in some trouble off the Felixstowe coast and had to be rescued.

Naomi Cassidy

TWO young brothers are today lucky to be alive after they ended up in some trouble off the Felixstowe coast and had to be rescued.

Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service launched into action after they spotted the two boys run into problems with their rubber dingy about 200 metres from the shore.

A rescue boat was at the scene within minutes where it emerged that a 14-year-old boy had gone into the water to retrieve the oar without a life jacket.

However with the boat, which was carrying his nine-year-old brother, drifting further away due to the winds and the extreme coldness of the sea, the situation was becoming desperate.

Jason Farthing, who was in charge of the rescue, said: “They were very lucky. It could have been really bad.”

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