Man ‘clinging’ to capsized dinghy on Felixstowe coast saved from being swept out to sea

Man rescued from water after dinghy capsized at Felixstowe. Police, ambulance, HM Coastguard Felixst

Man rescued from water after dinghy capsized at Felixstowe. Police, ambulance, HM Coastguard Felixstowe Coastguard Rescue Team and RNLI Inshore lifeboat from Harwich all attended. Picture: LIAM SAGI - Credit: Archant

A man who capsized off the coast of Felixstowe owes his life to his life jacket, quick thinking witnesses and the efforts of coastguard and the RNLI.

Man rescued from water after dinghy capsized at Felixstowe. Police, ambulance, HM Coastguard Felixst

Man rescued from water after dinghy capsized at Felixstowe. Police, ambulance, HM Coastguard Felixstowe Coastguard Rescue Team and RNLI Inshore lifeboat from Harwich all attended. Picture: LIAM SAGI - Credit: Archant

Members of the public reported a man “clinging” to the side of his small upside down boat off the coast of Felixstowe at 3pm today (July 24).

HM Coastguard sent the inshore lifeboat from RNLI Harwich and the Felixstowe Coastguard Team to assist, with the man being swept out to sea by the tide.

A spokesman for the coastguard praised the 13 “alert” members of public who rang the coastguard, as well highlighting the importance of wearing life jackets while at sea.

“He was wearing a life jacket, which we commend 100%. He was in the water for some time and the life jacket would have helped keep him afloat long enough to wait for rescue.”

He said this summer anytime you go out to sea, life jackets should be worn.

The Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, Suffolk Constabulary and East of England Ambulance Service all attended.

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The man was returned to the shore where the paramedics checked him over. He did not need any further medical attention.

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