Video: Dramatic RNLI harbour rescue of pensioners

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TWO elderly men had to be rescued from a harbour in the middle of the night.

It was only because of an eagle-eyed pub punter that the men were found – clinging on to another boat from their broken-down vessel in Langstone Harbour.

The RNLI rescued two pensioners from their broken-down dinghy in Langstone Harbour. Picture: RNLI

The RNLI rescued two pensioners from their broken-down dinghy in Langstone Harbour. Picture: RNLI

The drama began at 9pm on Thursday when the men launched their dinghy to attend their broken-down moored boat, with the intention of recovering it to a trailer and taking it away for engine repairs.

A member of the public who helped them launch the dinghy became concerned when he left the Ferry Boat Inn, Hayling, at 12.30am and noticed that the car and trailer he knew belonged to the men was still in the car park.

Both RNLI Portsmouth Lifeboats were launched and 30 minutes later the men were found clinging to the side of the Langstone harbour board’s boat being pulled towards the mouth of the harbour.

Both were cold and wet and were treated by paramedics waiting on the shore but were unhurt.

RNLI spokesman Aaron Gent said: ‘Luckily the man in the pub was very eagle-eyed.’