Search for four year old at Hemsby beach sparks warning to parents

Hemsby Beach viewPicture: James Bass

Hemsby Beach viewPicture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

Parents have been warned to keep an eye on their children at the beach after a four-year-old went missing at the weekend.

Distraught parents on holiday in Hemsby from the Midlands were in a panic after their child disappeared on Sunday afternoon on a busy beach.

After a frantic one-and-a-half-hour search, a RNLI lifeguard spotted the child and rushed to his rescue, just as he was about to enter the water.

Gerard Roadley-Battin said: 'The parents were panicking a lot, especially with all these rescue teams searching for their little boy.

'They gave us a very good description of the child, so when the lifeguard got a glimpse from a distance he sprinted towards the child and grabbed him just as he was about to walk into the sea.

'In the end it was a successful result for us, but we would like to urge parents to keep an eye on their children on the beach at all times.

'When you think about the recent death at Sea Palling, and how much of an unknown element the sea is, eyes need to be kept on them at all times.'

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The family were north of Hemsby Gap when the child went missing. They reported this to Hemsby Lifeboat Station at 12.40pm.

Gorleston and Winterton Coastguard teams were called to Hemsby along with police, while the lifeboat was made ready for immediate launch if required.

The Hemsby Lifeboat crew, Coastguard rescue teams and RNLI lifeguards mounted a beach search, while the police conducted the inland search towards Scratby cliffs.

The boy was found at around 2pm.

The incident happened a week after a man in his 50s died on July 23, after he and another man got into difficulty in the water along the coast at Sea Palling.

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