The Initial Response Team, the IRT, was tasked to assist with the rescue of a child who was seemingly being swept out to sea on the undertow on the west beach at Charmouth. En route to the scene, the first informant advised that the child was on the shore, safe and well having been rescued by somebody in an inflatable toy boat. The Coastguards continued to Charmouth to see if any medical assistance was required. On arrival at the scene, 8 minutes after the initial call, there was no sign of the casualty, the casualty’s parents or the first informant. Conditions on the beach were very favourable, blue sky; a gentle breeze from the south west and the tide coming in. It would be unusual to have difficult surf conditions on the flat beach at Charmouth under those circumstances. Despite an hour long search of both the east and west beach at Charmouth, checking with all the parents with young children with body boards, the coastguards were unable to locate the family or the concerned bystander.
Please do not hesitate to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard, if you see anybody in difficulty on the beach or at sea.