Casper Frylink, NSRI Mykonos station commander, said:
“At 17h38, Wednesday, 08th July, NSRI Mykonos duty crew were activated following an eye-witness reporting children suspected to be missing and in difficulty off-shore of St Helena Bay.
“The eye-witness had noticed a group of children playing on a surfboard in the surf at St Helena Bay. Later the surfboard was noticed to be floating in shallow surf unmanned and an orange object was seen to be floating further out to sea. The eye-witness feared that the orange object may be one of the children and that they may have gotten into difficulties while playing on the surfboard.
“NSRI Mykonos dispatched a sea rescue vehicle towing the sea rescue craft GEMINI RESCUER II which was launched and on investigation the orange object was found to be a flotation buoy. The surfboard was recovered and despite a search no sign of the children could be found.
“No missing persons were reported to Police and we suspect that the children went home and most probably abandoned the surfboard on the beach which was washed out to sea at high tide.
“The situation was monitored through the night but with still no persons reported missing by Thursday morning we are confident that this was a False Alarm with good intentions.”
NSRI urge parents to ensure that children have responsible adult supervision when playing in or around any water – inland or coastal waters.
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