Wells RNLI lifeboats were taking part in a regular training exercise this morning when a real life emergency happened.
At 10.20am the coastguard reported that a member of the public had spotted someone waving for help from a capsized sailing dinghy.
The lifeboats were already launched and immediately diverted to Burnham Overy Staithe, six miles to the west of Wells.
The all-weather lifeboat (ALB) arrived first, at 10.34am, and came up alongside the man.
He did not need medical assistance and was able to remain on board his dinghy while the lifeboat towed him into the shelter of Scolt Head.
The wind was quite strong at the time (force 4-5), cold, blowing from the east and it was just after high water, according to the RNLI Facebook page.
At 10.37am the inshore lifeboat (ILB) arrived and took over the tow, taking the vessel and skipper back to the slipway at Burnham Overy Staithe, where he was handed into the care of the coastguard mobile unit.
The rescued man, Nick Schiller, has since written on the Wells RNLI Facebook page.
Responding to one post, he said: “Sailing is a calculated risk as are many sports. I had a significant rig failure, I was sailing within my capability, within the capability of the boat and I was properly dressed and finally people knew where I was.”
He added: “The RNLI did a brilliant job for which I sincerely thank them. These things happen and that is why we all fund the RNLI and great volunteers go to sea.”