WATCH: Man rescued from toy dinghy after floating out to sea

The RNLI say the man was too big for the dinghy

WATCH: Man rescued from toy dinghy after floating out to sea

Image: RNLI/Redcar

A man in a toy dinghy has been by the RNLI after he was carried away by wind and tide.

The alarm was raised just before 7.30pm on Monday, after the man was seen drifting towards a wind farm off the Yorkshire coast.

The Redcar inshore lifeboat was launched and found the man - wearing a hoodie and shorts - attempting to paddle against the wind and tidal currents.

He was drifting further out to sea.

Image: RNLI/Redcar

He was taken on board the lifeboat and returned to the beach, where a coastguard team was waiting to give him sea safety advice.

Dave Cocks is lifeboat operations manager at Redcar RNLI.

He said: "This is a good example of the types of incident we repeatedly warn people about.

Image: RNLI/Redcar

"It was a reasonably pleasant evening but the wind and tide were a recipe for this to happen.

"We believe the man was in his 30s.

"He was dressed in only a hoodie and shorts. He was bigger than the dinghy so his feet were hanging over the edge.

"If the alarm hadn't been raised there was every likelihood he'd have drifted out of sight of land and we could well have been bringing a dead body back."

The RNLI has released footage of the operation: