LIFEGUARDS had to rescue a Solihull teenager, who was blown out to sea on an inflatable dinghy.
The 18-year-old, who has not been named, ran into trouble off the Welsh coast last Saturday.
His craft was swept up by 30mph gusts, off the coast of Borth, near Aberystwyth.
The RNLI said the man had been blown 300m offshore and was unable to row back.
In a desperate attempt to get back to the beach, he had attempted to swim while towing the dinghy.
Luckily a member-of-the-public had raised the alarm and the RNLI dispatched a lifeboat crew to save him.
When he was pulled from the water he was cold, distressed and needed treatment by paramedics.
Ron Davies, lifeboat operations manager, said: “This was a good service by the volunteer crew, coming to the aid of a man who was in extreme difficulty.”
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