Air and sea search for missing four-year-old boy in Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is co-ordinating the rescue
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is co-ordinating the rescue. Photo: ITN

A search for a four-year-old boy is continuing this morning, 12 hours after he fell into the sea.

Four Coastguard rescue teams, four lifeboats and the Coastguard sector manager are looking for the youngster, who disappeared at Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset.

A police and RAF helicopter have also been involved in the search and rescue operation.

The boy's parents frantically tried to rescue him after he entered the water on the south side of a slipway yesterday evening, but were unable to reach him.

A member of the public witnessed their desperate attempts and called the emergency services.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said a search - initially involving a helicopter, Coastguard rescue teams and two lifeboats - began after the alarm was raised.

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First light search now underway with Coastguard Rescue teams from Clevedon, Portishead and Watchet and Burnham on Sea RNLI Lifeboats

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Lifeboats from Western Super Mare have been stood down in search at Burnham on Sea. Other resources still on scene.

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RAF helicopter has been stood down in the search at Burnham on Sea. Two Coastguard Rescue Teams and two lifeboats continue to search.

The parents of the child have been treated on scene after they went in after the boy and required medical treatment for water ingestion.

A member of the public dialled 999 at 6.04pm to inform Swansea Coastguard that they had seen two adults go in the water to attempt to rescue a small child and that they needed medical assistance.

– Maritime and Coastguard Agency
A land and sea vessel comes ashore. Credit: ITN

See pictures of the search operation here.