Boys rescued from dinghy at high tide

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TWO boys had to be rescued from a dinghy after it got stuck in mud at high tide.

Firefighters from Gosport, Fareham and Havant and the Coastguard were called to water off Priory Road, in Hardway, Gosport.

Emergency crews pushed an oar into the mud which helped the boat – which was 10ft off the jetty – float back to shore.

The youngsters were unharmed following the incident, which happened at about 5.20pm yesterday.

Dave Rendle, 48, of Priory Road, watched what happened.

‘Two kids took a dinghy out,’ he said.

‘I saw the fire brigade come round the corner and it pulled in so I thought I would go and have a look at what was going on.

‘Everyone was calm and there was no panic.

‘The boys could have stepped out of the mud because it was only three inches deep.

‘It gets particularly busy out here, especially in the hot weather.’

A coastguard spokeswoman said: ‘They were stuck in a boat. They were about 10ft off the jetty and the fire brigade got them out.

‘We sent a mud team down there but the fire brigade had already got them out.’