As we reach the warm, lazy days of summer (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) it's important to remember not to relax too much while floating on an inflatable raft or toy.
During the first week of June, crews from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution stationed at Appledore in southern England in the United Kingdom, were called out when three men on an inflatable duck found themselves pulled out to sea.
"A member of the public immediately went out to them on his paddleboard to help and try to bring the men back to shore," RNLI Appledore wrote in a news release. "Struggling against the current, the man managed to tow the inflatable closer to shore, where the men all jumped out and swam to the beach. The inflatable was immediately blown back out to sea."
The paddle boarder was a hero, the rescue crew said, adding that no one should take an inflatable into the open ocean because there is no way to control them.
All three men made it home safely. The duck was recovered, adopted as an "apprentice crew member" and named Quackers.