Missing 4yo found safe and well
A MASSIVE search-and-rescue team made up of the dog squad, water police and officers on quad bikes descended on Point Vernon yesterday morning after a four-year-old boy was reported missing.
Luckily for his family he was found safe and well, but Hervey Bay Sergeant Peter Bennet said that was not always the case.
He said it was not uncommon for children to wander off, and that parents needed to be watching them all the time.
“Fortunately this had a happy ending and the boy was reunited with his parents,” Sgt Bennet said.
“It's always good to see them (lost children) back in the arms of mum and dad.”
While the search took up a significant amount of police resources, Sgt Bennet said when it came to missing children, time was everything.
“Early responses often bring about better outcomes,” he said.
“It's important that the response is immediate and we have people on the ground as soon as possible.”
The boy's father, who asked not to be named, said his “adventurous kid” had managed to climb on top of a chair, reach the keys off the cabinet and use them to escape our the front door in the early hours of the morning.
He said his son wandered into the next door neighbour's back yard in search of a kindergarten friend and had become trapped in the yard.
The dog squad was called and quad bikes were just about to be sent towards the mud flats when the boy was found.
“He went in the side gate but no one was home so he sat down and played by himself,” the father said. “I'm so grateful to the people who helped us.
“There's a guy down the road I've never met ... and he was out looking. I owe him some beers.”