Lifeboat crews were involved in different searches for 12 missing children on a busy Friday at Ainsdale Beach.

Crowds flocked to the seaside on the hottest day of the year, putting a strain on the local road infrastructure and emergency services.

Ainsdale Beach car park was closed for several hours due to the amount of visitors to the beach.

In an update through the day, Sefton Police said: “[…] two children have been reported missing at Ainsdale Beach and Southport Beach. Both fortunately have been found.

A third young child has also been found alone in the Southport seafront area.

Please follow the guidance below to try and reduce the risk of other children going missing on our beach areas and all the stress and worry that brings to parents.”
Southport Offshore Rescue Trust said: “Southport quads and ILB tasked to five separate incidents today between Southport and Ainsdale beaches.

Working alongside Southport Coastguard and the RNLI Beach Lifeguards, we helped in the searches for no fewer than 12 missing children and also helped reunite a family separated by the Pier Channel.

The crew finally left the station at 18:30 having washed down all of the equipment.”