Four children rescued after drifing from North Wales beach in dinghyPosted: August 6, 2012
FOUR children were rescued yesterday after being swept out to sea in a dinghy.
The rescuers also had to search for an 11-year-old boy who was missing for more than an hour after he said he was going into the water to help them at Black Rock Sands near Porthmadog.
He was later found safe and well walking on the beach.
Their families alerted Black Rock Sands beach patrol after the youngsters got into difficulty drifting offshore.
Holyhead-based Coastguards scrambled two Criccieth lifeboats, Criccieth coastguard rescue team and RAF Valley helicopter at 3.09pm.
Coastguards said the family managed to get the dinghy ashore themselves.
The spokesman said: “However, among the confusion of the family trying to do things, at 3.51pm, we were alerted to the fact an 11-year-old boy was missing from the party.
“He had said he was going into the water to help the rescue. He was not one of the four children and had been missing for an hour.”
But he was found walking along the beach at 4.01pm.
The spokesman added: “We advise people to attach an inflatable with a line to the beach so it can’t drift.”
On Saturday a hoax call about a sick boy in Conwy Marina sparked a search of 60 boats.
On Saturday’s incident in Conwy, coastguards said a boy made a “very faint” radio distress call on emergency channel 16 to say he was ill and “stuck on Conwy Marina” at 4.15pm.
Coastguards said they “couldn’t take a chance” and organised a search of boats in the marina and up to Conwy suspension bridge.
Llandudno Coastguard team on shore and Conwy RNLI searched some 60 vessels in Conwy Marina and on the River Conwy and but found no-one.
Coastguards recorded it as a “false alarm with malicious intent”.
A spokesman said: “It’s very irresponsible to take these assets and resources away from what could be real emergencies”.
A Conwy RNLI spokesman said: “This search found nothing and the call was classed as a hoax. The volunteer crew returned to the lifeboat station at 5.20pm.”
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