Two boys rescued from dinghy disaster

THE COASTGUARD has praised a quick-thinking harbour master who rescued two boys from a dinghy and returned them to their parents.

The boys, aged 15 and 13, had fallen from their dinghy into the River Ore about a mile from Orford Castle.

Their parents, in a yacht named Zylippe, tried to help but the strong winds made it impossible for them to get close enough.

But quay warden Philip Attwood, aboard the New Orford Town Trust boat the Chantry, soon rescued the two boys from the water and returned them to their parents, then went back to retrieve the dinghy from the water.

Thames coastguard watch officer David Mantripp said: “He did an amazing job.”

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The accident happened shortly after 5.45pm on Sunday and the boys did not need any medical treatment.

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