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Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI assists in multi-agency search for missing child

Lifeboats News Release

Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI along with other emergency services, Northumberland Swift Water Fire and Rescue, Northumbria Police, North East Ambulance, responded to a call from HM Coastguard on Sunday 18 June 2023 at 6.10pm, with a report of a missing child.

Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat with The Border Belle in background in search for miss child

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

Search for missing child

Local boat The Border Belle also joined in helping the emergency services.

A coordinated search was conducted up the river Tweed, then out of the Berwick Estuary from Spittal beach then south up to Cocklawburn beach.

Fortunately the child was located and was found to be safe and well, so all agencies were stood down.

Heading to the coast or out on the water is a great way to have fun and stay active. But, if you're not careful, it's a lot easier to get into trouble in the water than people might think. Conditions can change quickly and if you're not prepared, you can easily get caught out.

As the summer school holidays are fast approaching. The RNLI urges all parents to direct their children to the RNLI Water Safety web site, Water Safety Advice And Tips - Know The Risks ( where there is lifesaving information which will hopefully keep both children and adults safe whilst visiting beaches and water areas.

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For more information please contact, Hazel Bettison, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: [email protected]

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