Coastguard called to reports of child missing in the water

PUBLISHED: 17:24 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:24 29 August 2017

Burnham-on-Sea Coastguard on the call-out. Picture: Burnham Coastguard

Burnham-on-Sea Coastguard on the call-out. Picture: Burnham Coastguard

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Police, RNLI crews and the coastguard were called out today after a child went missing at the beach.

Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Burnham-on-Sea RNLI were called shortly before midday to a missing child on Burnham beach.

A spokesman from Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team said: “There was reports the child was missing and may even have been in the water.

“We contacted Milford Haven Ops Room for more information, while one of our team members went along to the lifeguards hut’ which is situated just up from our station.

“The information trickled through that the child had been found and was reunited with its parents – a happy ending to a worrying moment.”

They added: “It can be easy for a child to wander off and blend in with the crowd on a busy beach, have fun and stay safe at the beach.”

The coastguard has now issued advice on what to do if someone goes missing, which says:

• Always take a photo of everyone in your group so if anyone does go missing we have an accurate and up-to-date picture.

• If you go to a beach with a lifeguard, make sure everyone knows where they are.

• Arrange a meeting point in case you get separated, if there is a lifeguard hut use this, or something that is easy to see and get to.

• If someone does go missing, don’t panic. Check around, call out their name, ask other beach users. Dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

• If you think they are in the water or mud, don’t delay, dial 999 and ask for the coastguards. Explain the situation and the right assets can be tasked instantly.

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