Children rescued after going missing on Northumberland beach


Two children were rescued by a lifeboat after going missing on a Northumberland beach.

Crew from Seahouses Lifeboat were called out just after 9pm on Friday, July 23, after two children – a girl aged 11 and a boy aged eight – had been missing for three-and-a-half hours.

The inshore lifeboat was initially launched, but due to the fading light and the potential of the incident escalating due to the time the children had been missing, the all weather lifeboat was also launched.

A lifeboat spokesperson said: “The Inshore lifeboat began a rapid search along the shoreline from Seahouses north towards Bamburgh.

“Meanwhile local shore based coastguard units were being mobilised and local police were attending.

“The All Weather Lifeboat began searching the beach area, with the crew using binoculars.

“Two children matching the description circulated, were sighted just north of the Islestone rocks.

“The lifeboat beached and one crewman in a drysuit, swam ashore to confirm the childrens’ identity.

“Once established that these were the missing children, the lifeboat directed local coastguards and police to the location.

“The children were safe and well, and were reunited by the police with their anxious parents.”