Boy, 10, is res­cued from Marine Lake

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ

AN Orm­skirk school­boy was res­cued from a lake by pass­ing po­lice of­fi­cers af­ter go­ing miss­ing.

The 10-year-old had been vis­it­ing Crosby ma­rina with his mum, 11-year-old brother and eight-year-old sis­ter when he got into trou­ble.

He had gone to get changed out of his swimwear in the sand dunes af­ter spend­ing time play­ing in the lake when he went miss­ing.

His fam­ily searched the sur­round­ing area be­fore con­tact­ing po­lice and a search and res­cue op­er­a­tion was launched in­volv­ing coast­guards from South­port and Crosby.

The search lasted 90 min­utes cov­er­ing Crosby beach, the Marine Lake and sur­round­ing ar­eas and the boy, who has com­plex needs, was even­tu­ally spot­ted in the mid­dle of the lake.

PC John Li­auw-JenChoy and PC Re­becca Mor­gan-Richard­son were on plain­clothes pa­trol in the area and en­tered the wa­ter fully-clothed when they re­alised the boy was in trou­ble, and were able to res­cue him.

The boy was then re­united with his fam­ily.

His mum, who asked not to be named, said: “We had been told to wait by our car while the po­lice searched for him. They kept ring­ing to say they had had sight­ings of him then we heard the news he had headed back to the lake and had been spot­ted in the mid­dle of the wa­ter.

“It was a mas­sive re­lief when we were told they had him. He doesn’t know the area and has no con­cept of how far away from home we were. The longer it went on, the more wor­ried I had be­come.

“He isn’t a strong swim­mer. He was a bit up­set af­ter­wards but is ab­so­lutely fine now.

“The of­fi­cers were very re­as­sur­ing and ev­ery­one was very kind. I couldn’t have asked for any­thing more.”

Af­ter the in­ci­dent was re­solved, HM Coast­guard Crosby warned other par­ents of the need to ed­u­cate chil­dren of the dan­gers in­volved at the coast.

A spokesman said: “If they want to go for a dip on a hot day, visit a life­guarded beach and en­ter the wa­ter be­tween the red and yel­low flags which means there is a life­guard on duty at that lo­ca­tion.

“Our coast­line is ex­tremely at­trac­tive, par­tic­u­larly on a hot and sunny day – how­ever, you must pre­pare - check tide times, be aware of your sur­round­ings and don’t take risks.”

Si­mon Pendle­bury, devel­op­ment man­ager at Crosby Lake­side Ad­ven­ture cen­tre added: “Al­though pic­turesque, Crosby Marine lake should not be used for bathing due to the po­ten­tial dan­gers.”

The two po­lice of­fi­cers, who are based at Marsh Lane in Boo­tle, were praised for their ef­forts to res­cue the young­ster.

Sefton In­spec­tor Dave Uren said: “It was credit to John and Re­becca that as soon as they re­alised what the prob­lem was they went straight into the wa­ter to get to the boy and bring him to safety.

“I am de­lighted that my of­fi­cers were able to help.”

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