Boy safe after drowning scare
A YOUNG boy was recovered safe and sound yesterday by his relieved mother after fears the child had been washed out to sea.
Police responded to at least three emergency calls about 10.30am yesterday, telling of the disappearance of a child from outside the Pialba Hervey Bay Beachfront Caravan Park.
Witnesses said the mother had been worried the boy had been washed out to sea while swimming but the child was later found some way down the beach.
The fright comes less than a week after the Royal Life Saving Society released its annual Drowning Report, which showed national drowning figures had risen to 314.
The figures included eight drownings in the region, including three from local beaches.
Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club president Mark Thornton urged visitors and locals to take care around beaches during the school holidays and to swim at the patrolled beach at Torquay.