Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Searched For Missing Children

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat was launched after reports of missing children on Aberavon beach.

Lowering the engine before the rest of the crew get on board

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Launching Off The Beach
The lifeboat was launched at 3pm on Tuesday 23 July after reports that several children, aged up to 7 years old, were missing on the beach. While the lifeboat conducted a shoreline search, they were joined by RNLI lifeguards and the local coastguards searching on the beach and the surrounding area.

Gradually the children were all found safe and well and all were accounted for by 4 pm and the alert was ended.
Missing children is quite a common problem on crowded beaches, where families are not always aware of the whereabouts of their children. They should not be allowed to wander off without being accompanied by an adult. Also, the danger of getting lost in the sea is a major problem, as even strong swimmers can get into difficulty in the water.

There are wristbands available for children to wear at lifeboat stations, lifeguard huts, Coastguard stations and RNLI shops all along the coast. Parents and guardians are encouraged to write their contact details on the free wristbands, to make it easier to reunite lost children with their families.

If you are heading to the coast this summer, it is recommended that you visit a Lifeguarded beach, where trained professionals can supervise beach activities and keep the public safe.

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