He added: “Two weeks later the commanding officer of 771 received a request to pay an invoice for £7 the cost of the lilo.
“The CO wrote replying, ‘I will be happy to pay your invoice on receipt of payment for the helicopter rescue £7,000.’ No response was received.”
Mike said that inflatables in the sea pose a constant threat, and only last week the Maritime and Coastguard Agency posted a similar warning.
They said: “Inflatable unicorns, watermelons, dinosaurs, you name it, we’ve seen it.
“Keep your floating friends for the pool. They may pose well for Insta, but they can also pose a danger when up against strong currents and wind, sweeping you out to sea.
“Remember, supervise kids and call £999Coastguard if you spot an inflatable drifting at sea or yours gets blown away.”