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Missing child search on Seahouses Beach and shore.

Lifeboats News Release

At 17.18hr on Sunday 28th August 2016, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Lifeboats, following the report of a missing 8yr old girl, who may have entered the water on the beach just north of Seahouses.

Most of the crew had just left the boathouse, after making preparations for the Annual Seahouses Lifeboat Fete tomorrow, Bank Holiday Monday 29th August, which included a final polish of the boat’s hull and bronze propellors.
Both lifeboats were quickly launched, and made best speed to the beach area where the child was last seen. The concern at this time was that she may have entered the water, but could not now be seen. The lifeboats began a search of the shoreline, the inshore lifeboat close inshore, with the all weather lifeboat further offshore.

Local Shore based Coastguards were also alerted and attended the beach area. It was then established that the child had been located safe and well. Once confirmed with local police officers, the rescue teams were stood down and returned to station.  Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton commented, “When the call came in from the coastguard, it sent a chill up the spine of our crew, having regard to recent tragedies around the coast. We were greatly relieved to know the little girl was safe. I am afraid there is no time now to re-polish the boat hull and brasses for tomorrow though !”

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