Two fathers, one swimming and one in a kayak, rescued five children being swept out to sea on an inflatable boat off the coast of Cornwall.
The children, aged between four and eight, were blown out to sea by strong winds at Portscatho on Saturday without life jackets or paddles.
The fathers reached the dinghy which they tethered to a yacht moored nearby.
The shocked and cold children, from Worcester, were brought ashore by the Falmouth lifeboat.
Coastguards said the alarm was raised by one of the children's mothers when a child on the beach let go of a rope to the dinghy.
Ian Guy, watch manager at Falmouth Coastguard, said: "In offshore winds that can be dangerous as the action of the sea and wind will take a small unpowered craft such as this out to sea extremely quickly.
"Whilst using an inflatable on the beach please ensure an adult is supervising the children's activities at all times."