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Sunday, August 9, 1998 Published at 14:37 GMT 15:37 UK


Coastguard warning after double rescue

Coastguards have had a busy a weekend

Coastguards have warned holiday-makers to take adequate safety precautions before heading out to sea after two overnight rescues off the south coast.

A 24-year-old man is in hospital with hypothermia after he put to sea in a plastic boat without oars, a radio or any safety equipment.

Marcus Hacket, 24, was reported missing by his girlfriend after he left Compton beach on the Isle of Wight and did not return.

The coastguard helicopter and two lifeboats began a search operation and found Mr Hacket huddled in his boat. He was taken to St Mary's Hospital, Newport.

Boy found in dinghy

Another search operation found a boy in an inflatable boat that had come loose from a moored yacht.

He was uninjured but coastguards said the dinghy was also without oars or safety equipment.

A spokesman for Solent coastguard said: "Both of these people were very lucky to have been located quickly.

"Now that summer is here and the seas are slightly warmer, it is advisable that if you intend to go out to sea in a boat, then you should always carry all the right equipment you will need to sustain yourself if you get into difficulty."

The hot weekend temperatures of nearly 30C have brought thousands of extra people to coastal areas.

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