Boy, 10, is rescued from Marine Lake
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.”