The two crew were thrown into the water before their boat began spinning dangerously around them

Two people had to be

rescued on Sunday morning after they were thrown from their motorboat, which

then began circling out of control around them.

Dover Coastguard received

an emergency phone call just after 9am from a member of the public who had

spotted the motorboat with nobody on board just off St Leonards, East Sussex.

The caller also

reported that two people could be seen in the water clinging to a buoy as the

vessel circled near them.

The skipper of the vessel

was not wearing a kill cord, meaning the engine continued to run with no one at

the helm.

Hastings Coastguard Rescue

Team and an RNLI lifeboat attended the scene and found the two crew had managed

to swim back to shore.

The pair were met by

coastguard rescue officers and an ambulance crew but did not appear to have

suffered any injuries.

The lifeboat crew

eventually brought the motorboat under control and the engine was cut off.

Dover Coastguard watch

manager Nicola Goodban, said: “This Sunday morning boat

trip could easily have ended in tragedy. It appears the driver of this RHIB was

not wearing a kill cord, which meant when the people on board were thrown into

the water, there was no way to stop the engine and bring the boat under


“We always recommend you wear a kill cord when out on a powerboat. One end of

the kill cord is attached near the throttle and the other should go around the

helmsman’s leg. You should always check your kill cord works at the start of

each day or session and remember to renew it regularly.”

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