Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Searched For Missing Children
The lifeboat was launched after reports of missing children on Aberavon beach.
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.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.