Teens rescued after inflatable doughnut drifts out to sea

A member of the rescue crew called the teenagers 'incredibly lucky'.

Two teenagers had to be rescued after drifting out to sea on an inflatable doughnut.

The pair were airlifted to safety by a coastguard rescue helicopter after getting stuck the Moray Firth on Saturday.

The incident took place just off the coast of Ardersier near Inverness at around 5pm.

A member of the lifeboat crew involved in the rescue said the teenagers were “incredibly lucky”.

He also said the incident highlights the dangers of using pool inflatables in the sea.

A walker called 999 after spotting the teenagers drifting out to sea.

Coastguard search and rescue helicopter 948 was sent to the scene and the teenagers were winched aboard before being flown to shore and handed over to the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The Kessock lifeboat was also called out and recovered the inflatable.

The crew believes the teenagers entered the water around the golf course and drifted out to sea, possibly pulled out by the receding tide.

Lifeboat volunteer crew member Douglas Munro said on Sunday: “Yesterday’s rescue highlights the dangers of using inflatables at the beach.

“The teenagers were incredibly lucky to have been spotted by a walker on the beach who witnessed them drifting out to sea.

“The walker reacted quickly dialling 999 and the coastguard requested.

“A swift response by CG R948, local CG teams and Kessock lifeboat prevented what could have been a very different outcome.”

The lifeboat crew warned that “inflatables are not appropriate flotation devices and should only be used at the beach with extreme caution, and ideally kept for the pool”

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