West Kirby RNLI searches for missing child
West Kirby RNLI was tasked to locate a distressed child, who had been seen running towards the moorings at West Kirby beach.
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.’
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.