Missing child found safe and well on South Beach following emergency services search

By Paul Evans   |   Content editor   |
Monday 19th July 2021 8:55 am
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Tenby’s inshore lifeboat was launched twice within a few hours on Sunday (July 18), with the second shout responding to reports of a missing child on one of the resort’s beaches.

At 2.50 pm, the inshore lifeboat the crew of the Georgina Taylor inshore lifeboat were paged after a three-year-old child went missing on South beach.

The lifeboat made the short trip around to Castle beach and began their search up towards Giltar, while RNLI lifeguards and Coastguards searched ashore.

Luckily, news soon came through that the child had been found safe and well ashore, and had been reunited with their parents.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency issued a statement following emergency services responses to a ‘multitude of incidents’ across the beaches and coasts of the UK during the scorching hot weather.

“If you’re at the coast or beach - please be watchful of the hidden and unexpected dangers,” said a spokesperson.

“We’re currently coordinating the response to a multitude of incidents across the beaches and coasts of the UK, from lost children, to swimmers and paddleboarders getting into difficulty.

“When you call 999 because something’s gone wrong, we will respond, but all we ask is you take time to pause and take a little extra care on busy beaches and crowded coastal areas.

Julie-Anne Wood, from HM Coastguard said: “We know many of you are already at the coast and enjoying the sunshine. We love it too. We also know things sometimes go very unexpectedly wrong and we will always respond when you call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

“All we ask is that you don’t forget to think about keeping safe, things like going to lifeguarded beaches, checking tides, keeping a watchful eye on your children and your mates.

“Let’s make this the summer of taking home happy memories, not days we want to forget.”

Earlier in the day, at 12.30 pm the RNLI crew were called after the Coastguard received a report that a swimmer was in difficulty at the Penally end of South beach.

As the volunteer crew were making their way to the scene, a local fishing vessel reported that they had pulled the casualty out of the water.

The lifeboat was soon on the scene and the crew assessed the swimmer to make sure no medical assistance was required, before taking her ashore, where she was met by the RNLI lifeguards.

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