Lifeboats search for missing girl at Seahouses

Seahouses RNLI.
Seahouses RNLI.

Lifeboat crews searched the coast near Seahouses today after an alert was raised over a missing girl.

Both Seahouses lifeboats were launched following the report of a missing eight-year-old, who it was feared may have gone into the water on the beach just north of the village.

Most of the crew had just left the boathouse, after making preparations for the annual Seahouses Lifeboat Fete tomorrow.

Both lifeboats were quickly launched and went to the beach area where the child was last seen. The concern was that she may have entered the water, but could not now be seen.

The lifeboat crews began a search of the shoreline. Local shore-based Coastguards also searched the beach area.

It was then established that the child had been located safe and well.

Seahouses Lifeboat operations manager Ian Clayton said: "When the call came in from the coastguard, it sent a chill up the spine of our crew, having regard to recent tragedies around the coast. We were greatly relieved to know the little girl was safe.

"I am afraid there is no time now to re-polish the boat hull and brasses for tomorrow though!"