Published: 10:37, 08 July 2020
| Updated: 11:06, 08 July 2020
Two children and an adult had a lucky escape when their inflatable dinghy was found drifting one mile off the coast.
Lifeboat helmsman Rob Judge said: "We have attended numerous incidents involving inflatable dinghies and beach toys being blown offshore.
"If people must use such craft then our advice is to always be aware of wind and tide and to have someone on shore keeping watch on them.
"In addition, they should carry some means of communication with that person on shore or be able to contact the coastguard in the event of difficulty."
He added: "It was fortunate that on this occasion the Sheppey Coastguard rescue team had spotted the dinghy and its inhabitants and were able to request the launch of the lifeboat and we were able to return them to the beach they had left a short while earlier.
"Otherwise we might have had a different outcome.
"It is all too easy for what begins as a nice day at the seaside to turn into a tragedy if people are unaware of a few simple safety precautions."
There is advice on all sea safety issues on the RNLI websites.
The lifeboat was launched at 3.10pm.
RNLI spokesman Chris Davey said: "The lifeboat was quickly on scene, with the Sheppey Coastguard rescue team keeping the dinghy in sight from the shore, and found the craft one mile off Leysdown.
"The occupants and their craft were returned to the beach and into the care of the coastguard team."
The rescue took 20 minutes.
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