North West Wales

Dinghy blown to safety off Gwynedd by RAF helicopter

Three teenage boys being blown out to sea have been blown back in again - by the wind power of a rescue helicopter's rotor blades.

It happened off Dinas Dinlle, near Caernarfon, Gwynedd, on Saturday when the trio, in an inflatable dinghy, were 300 yards (275m) out to sea.

Emergency services said their "toy" dinghy was going round in circles as they tried to paddle back to shore.

But using its "rotor wash," the RAF Valley helicopter guided them onshore.

The boys, who were unharmed, were met by coastguards.

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