Dozens of bystanders form line to find missing child at Ontario beach

A photo from Sandbanks Provincial Park on Sunday that shows dozens of people forming a line to comb the beach and water looking for a missing child. OPP

OPP are lauding the efforts of community members who helped find a child who went missing on the beach in Sandbanks Provincial Park.

According to OPP, officers were called to the Prince Edward County beach on Aug. 6 after a six-year-old had been missing for about 10 minutes and was last seen in the water.

OPP said that when officers arrived they “engaged tremendous community support” and people at the beach then physically banded together to form a line to “methodically” comb the water and beach looking for the child.

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The six-year-old was found alive on the beach a kilometre up from where the child went missing, OPP said. The search took a total of 30 minutes.

Police are offering their special thanks to those who jumped in quickly to help find the child.

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