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West Kirby RNLI searches for missing child

Lifeboats News Release

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

The Haggluud BV206 is an All Terrain Vehicle designed to be used in locations with soft mud that is the ‘tractor’ used to launch and retrieve West Kirby RNLI’s lifeboat, ‘Seahorse’. It is the only one of its kind now in use across all RNLI stations.

RNLI/Vicky Gaskin

West Kirby RNLI's Hagglund BV 'tractor' upon its return to shore

The volunteer crew at West Kirby RNLI lifeboat were requested at 7.30pm 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.’

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