Every parent worse nightmare is the moment when their child goes missing in a public area. A mum recounted her horrific experience when she took her 4-year-old son to the beach. She bent down to pick something up and then discovered he was gone!
If you were the parent in that situation, do you know what you should do?
This mum (in pic above) started screaming his name. This caught the attention of the army cadet stewarding an event by the beach.
He wasted no time in gathering the other guys and started calling out the boy’s name, his age, his hair colour and what he wore. All of them repeated this loudly and constantly as they covered the areas nearby.
“We are looking for a boy! He is 4 years old, blonde and in a red T-shirt. Have you seen him?”
They finally found him a little further down the beach after about 15 minutes. When they talked to him, it worried them greatly how easy it is to lure kids away from their family!
“There was a bald man in a white T shirt, he said he would take me to see a real rocket ship.”
It is worrying that a man like this could be anywhere in the world and luring kids this way. Fortunately, the boy was found and unharmed. The police think it was an unplanned abduction.
The lesson the mum wanted to impart from recounting this story is to shout your kid’s name as loudly as you can if they have gone missing.
This is because by shouting your kid’s name and description, it makes it harder for kidnappers to get away far. It’s just too much of a risk to be spotted.
This mum also reminded parents to do just that even if they feel embarrassed or even if the kids are just around the corner because it’s all about saving your kid.
She added that parents shouldn’t be afraid to ask strangers for help to locate the child too.
What a frightening situation!