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RNLI New Brighton lifeboat crew called out to aid search for missing toddler

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI volunteers were tasked by UK Coastguard on Saturday 30 June to reports of a missing two-year-old on New Brighton beach. The launch was cancelled while RNLI lifeboat crew were en route.

Blue sky overhead with Fort Perch Rock in the distance,rocks on the left and to the right an expanse of sand busy with people and a glimpse of the sea

RNLI/Damian Cull

The toddler went missing from New Brighton Perch Rock beach

RNLI lifeboat crew were paged at 4.30pm to aid RNLI lifeguards in the search for two-year-old boy reported missing from New Brighton Perch Rock beach.

The call out was cancelled nine minutes later and before the RNLI lifeboat launched, after the child was found safe and well by members of the public, and reunited with his parents.

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