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Coastguards' safety warning after incide

PUBLISHED: 15:01 18 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:02 22 October 2010

Coastguards issued fresh warnings at the weekend after they had to respond to emergency calls in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Coastguards issued fresh warnings at the weekend after they had to respond to emergency calls in Norfolk and Suffolk.

A lost child at Gorleston on Saturday was the first situation needing a quick response and though the missing youngster was found quickly, a Coastguard spokesman said the incident should serve as a reminder to anyone going to the beach children.

“Really, it's important just to remember the simple things,” he said. “Such as making sure children do not go out of sight.”

Standard advice includes choosing a meeting place or using lost children point as well as taking advantage of a wrist band scheme, if there is one in operation, where a parent's mobile phone number is written on the child's wrist band.

Coastguards also warned about the dangers of using inflatables on the water after a lifeboat had to be sent to rescue people from a craft that had drifted a quarter of a mile off Southwold beach on Saturday.

“We have had a busy time and you can tell it's summer now,” said the Yarmouth-based spokesman. “The message really is to be sensible so that no one gets lost or hurt and lives are not put at risk.”

t Gorleston inshore lifeboat was called to help a Broads cruiser that had suffered engine failure while towing another craft to safety after it ran aground on Breydon Water on Saturday afternoon.

The Gorleston crew was also in action the same evening to help a speedboat that ran aground on Scroby Sands, off Yarmouth.

In both cases, the stricken vessels were escorted in to Yarmouth.


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