Inshore lifeboat tasked to search for missing children
HM Coastguard requested the assistant of Swanage's inshore lifeboat following report of two children not returning from a swim.
The UK Coastguard had received a '999' call from a mother whose two children had gone for a swim along Swanage Beach but were now overdue.
The inshore lifeboat was quickly afloat and heading to the scene along with the volunteers from Swanage Coastguard.
The search was commenced and about 10 minutes later two children matching the description were spotted on the beach. A lifeboat crew member was put ashore and confirmed that these were the two missing children. They had swum further than expected and had decided to walk back to their parents which was taking them much longer than they thought. The two were reunited with their mother at the lifeguard tower on the main beach and with the situation resolved the lifeboat was released to return to station.
ILB Crew: (Helm) Darren Tomes, Andy Redout, Alan Parmenter, Fergus Holland
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Gavin Steeden, Ben Clarke, Martha Tavinor, Nigel Bower
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