called out in search for three missing children on Berrow beach
Coastguards, BARB hovercrafts and RNLI lifeboats were called out
on Friday afternoon (June 1st) after three children went missing
on Berrow Beach.
were called out at 1.45pm after the mother of the three children
- two twelve-year-old boys and a four-year-old girl - raised the
alarm when they had not been seen for some time.
the weather continues to be warm, the beach is busy with visitors
during half term," said a Coastguard spokesman. "For one
family there was an anxious moment when the children became separated
from their Mum."
had been playing football on Berrow beach and as with all kids soon
became hungry. After being given some money they set off to the
burger stall just along on Brean beach."
it turned out the burger stall was not on the beach today and so
the three children unbeknown to Mum continued along the beach towards
the National Trust cafe in search of food."
a while the Mum became worried and contacted the beach wardens to
see if they had seen them. Without any luck, the Police were called
and they quickly requested our attendance."
the tide out, the Coastguard Operations Centre (CGOC) in Milford
Haven requested the local assets of BARB Search & Rescue's hovercrafts
and Burnham RNLI lifeboats.
arrived on scene and gathered information including descriptions
as Weston Coastguard also made their way."
asked if Mum had taken any photos of the children during the day.
Thankfully she had taken plenty of pictures and they proved to be
a few minutes of our search team commencing their search they spotted
the three children walking back along the beach."
the up-to-date photos, the Coastguard team was able to spot them
from quite a distance and guided the Police vehicle to their location."
a lot of worry and tears from Mum, she was relieved to be reunited
with the kids who were unaware of the worry their poor Mum had been
children are very worrying for all concerned and this call out highlights
the importance of taking photos of everyone when you arrive on the
were spotted at quite a distance by the search team only because
of the accurate information they had."
minutes of arriving we along with the Police were able to reunite
the family. All units were then stood down and we returned to Station
to wash the truck."
spokesman added: "BARB's volunteers were called out by Coastguards
this afternoon to assist in the search for three missing children
on Berrow beach. The children had gone missing from their mother
after wandering off to find a food stall. The worried mother had
done the right thing in raising the alarm by contacting a beach
hovercraft crews were tasked with searching the shoreline to see
if the children could be found, working alongside Burnham Coastguards
and the RNLI Lifeboats."
children were eventually found safe and well, walking along the
beach after being recognised from photos taken by the mother. This
was a good multi-agency search with a happy ending."
RNLI spokesman aded: "The Staines Whitfield, the Burnham-On-Sea
Atlantic 75 lifeboat, was speedily launched and the volunteer crew
prepared to initiate a shoreline search between Burnham-On-Sea and
Berrow. No sooner had they reached the estimated search area than
the missing children, two twelve-year-old boys and a four-year-old
girl, were located on the shore by other agencies. Staines Whitfield
was therefore stood down at around 2.30pm and returned to Burnham
town jetty for recovery and wash down."
the tide was quite low at both launch and recovery, the result was
one muddy tractor plus a muddy lifeboat, which took time to clean."
Helmsman Nick Prout added: "We launched quickly and were glad
to offer assistance, even though we were eventually not needed."
you see anyone in danger or difficulty along the coast, call 999
and ask for the Coastguards.