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Two RNLI lifeboats and an RAF helicopter search at night for two missing teenagers overdue in a small inflatable dinghy

At approximately 22.00 hrs on Wednesday 28 July, two teenagers were reported overdue in a three metre inflatable dinghy off Dymchurch beach. They had reportedly left the Dymchurch slipway at 19.00 hours in the rubber dinghy with a two h.p. outboard engine on the back of the small craft, not wearing life jackets, not carrying any flares or taken a radio with them. While Dungeness and Littlestone RNLI lifeboats and an RAF helicopter from Wattisham searched the inshore waters adjacent to Dymchurch, the local coastguards searched along the shoreline.

At 23.00 hrs the two teenagers were found at home. Stuart Adams, Coxswain of Dungeness RNLI lifeboat said 'all the rescue services were relieved to hear the two teenagers were not in any danger and were safe and well'.