A TEN-year-old boy who went missing from his family at Crosby marina was rescued from the middle of the lake by two police officers who swam to his aid.
The youngster, who has complex needs, was at the centre of a frantic search on Thursday, August 13 for more than 90 minutes when his mum reported him missing to Merseyside Police and the Coastguard.
He was eventually spotted in the middle of the large lake and Constable John Liauw-Jen-Choy and Constable Rebecca Morgan-Richardson, who were on plainclothes patrol in the area, entered the water fully-clothed to swim out and rescue him.
He was reunited with his mum, 11-year-old brother and eight year-old sister, who had travelled from their home in Ormskirk to visit the beauty spot.
His mum, who did not want 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.”
Just before he went missing, the youngster had gone to get changed out of his swimwear in the sand dunes after spending time playing in the lake. His family searched the surrounding area before contacting police.
Constable John Liauw-Jen-Choy who has four years’ service and Constable Rebecca Morgan-Richardson, who has been with the force for 19 months, are based at Marsh Lane station in Bootle.
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 in this situation and that it had a happy outcome.”