Original article from Kent Live
The RNLI has issued an urgent warning after a man on an inflatable dinghy was swept out to sea in Leysdown.
A Whitstable lifeboat raced out to help a man on Thursday afternoon (July 29) after he was blown out to sea, RNLI Whitstable Lifeboat Station posted on Facebook.
They stressed the force five winds swept the man out to sea and an RNLI Beach Lifeguard paddled out to the casualty.
However, the lifeguard needed help to recover him to safety from half a mile offshore and against the wind.
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The casualty and lifeguard were then pulled on the lifeboat and wrapped in thermal blankets.
The crew recovered the man's inflatable and both people were brought back to the lifeguard hut at Love Beach.
Lifeboat Helmsman Dave Parry warned the public about the dangers of using an inflatable toy at sea.
He stressed: “We cannot emphasise enough the dangers of using inflatable toys on the sea.
"They are designed for use in pools not in open water and in an offshore wind can easily and quickly be carried out to sea.
As always, if you see anyone in danger in the water please call 999 without delay. As you all know, seconds really do save lives."