West Kirby RNLI searches for missing child

West Kirby RNLI was tasked to locate a distressed child, who had been seen running towards the moorings at West Kirby beach.

The volunteer crew at West Kirby RNLI lifeboat were requested at 7.30pm last night (23 September) by HM Coastguard to search and launch, if required, following a report of a missing child.

A mother had lost sight of her child, who had run at speed towards the moorings on West Kirby beach as dusk fell. Following a search in darkness West Kirby RNLI located the child in the vicinity of the shoreline by Cubbins Green. The mother and child were reunited and passed over to the awaiting local HM Coastguard team.

Richard Diamond, West Kirby RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said, ‘The mother did the right thing as she acted quickly and contacted the Coastguard. The Coastguard team gave her advice and support, having tasked the volunteer crew at West Kirby RNLI. Never hesitate to phone 999 and ask for the Coastguard if anyone is in danger near to or on the water.’

Image: West Kirby RNLI’s Hagglund BV ‘tractor’ upon its return to shore. Credit: RNLI/Vicky Gaskin

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