Drunk men rescued from English Channel dinghy

Three drunk man have been plucked from the English Channel after drifting out to sea in a rubber dinghy, armed only with a bottle of wine.

The trio - who set off from Littlehampton on Saturday evening - greeted coastguards with shouts of 'Bonjour' when they were found 11 hours later.

However, far from having reached France, the men were only 1.8 miles from the coast in their 7ft inflatable toy when they were rescued from the Atlantic 75 lifeboat Blue Peter 1.

A RNLI spokesperson said the confussed guys were disorientated having spent the night in darkness at sea, and were also suffering from hypothermia.

Which is hardly surprising given they were each dressed in shorts and t-shirts, with no lifejackets, no means of communication and only one paddle… which is one more than we'd have guessed.
Littlehampton’s volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager commented: "These three gents were extremely fortunate to be seen by a vigilant member of the public, and so lucky to have survived overnight with no protection and no lifejackets.

"It would have been so easy for the dinghy to have been capsized by the smallest of waves. The RNLI’s first aid training is to a very high standard, so once we had recovered the men, they were in good hands.

"I'm sure these men will be more careful in the future and we hope this incident will make others will become aware of keeping safe at sea."

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