The quick-thinking father intentionally rams his sinking boat into rocks to save his baby and three children
- A father deliberately ran aground his sinking boat to allow his family to escape
- The man was with his family near Torquay when the ship started taking water
- Several teenagers helped the family climb the rocks and off the boat
- The RNLI praised the man's quick thinking in using the rocks to get to safety
A baby and three other children were rescued after a quick-thinking father drove his sinking boat onto rocks.
The man was commended for his actions, which rescue workers said kept his family safe after their 24-foot ship began to sink rapidly during a day on the water.
The quick-thinking father ran aground the battered boat on rocks near Torquay, Devon, which brought the family to safety.
A small baby was among the people rescued from a sinking pleasure boat in Devon yesterday
The 24-foot ship began taking water while the family was sailing for a day near Torbay, Devon. The quick-thinking father let his ship run onto the rocks after it started taking water
The boat pictured had six people on board when it started taking in water. Fortunately, everyone was able to escape unharmed from the ship
A total of six people were rescued with lifeboats and brought ashore.
The RNLI released images of the dramatic moment when the baby and three young children were brought to safety.
RNLI Torbay helmsman Mark Criddle said, “This man did absolutely the right thing in driving his boat up onto the rocks where everyone managed to get to safety.
& # 39; We brought both RNLI Torbay lifeboats to the scene because their position was uncertain and we knew we had to find them quickly.
When we got to the site, our volunteers took the young children one by one to the safety of our all-weather lifeboat, followed by the adults.
& # 39; The family was desperate but otherwise unharmed, although their ship could not be saved. This man's quick thinking saved his family's life. & # 39;
Two Torbay Harbor Authority boats were on hand to salvage debris and distribute spilled fuel.
A light diesel slick measuring 25m x 150m was reported to be spreading from the ship, which was a former commercial fishing boat called the Sea Breeze.
The RNLI and the Coast Guard helicopter were involved in the rescue
The boat is to be recovered on Wednesday by a contractor commissioned by the port authorities.
The Torbay Council team also issued a notice to Mariners warning them of the danger posed by the sunken boat.
Olivia George, from Southampton, Hampshire, was part of the group who came out to rescue the affected family.
She added, “Myself and five other coasteering folks and some local teenagers were there first.
“We led the man into the rocks and managed to get the children and parents off the boat and onto the rocks before it sank.
We then called the coast guard and were on the rocks to lead the lifeboat to the incident.
“The RNLI are absolutely incredible, but I think the civilians, including myself, who brought the family to safety deserve a mention.
"I'm just so glad that everyone was safe in the end. That was a pretty intense experience for all of us."