Some 300 children have already been lost, then found, on the beaches of the Belgian coast since the beginning of July, according to IKWV (inter-authority rescue services on the West Flanders coast) on Friday. Last year, 554 children got lost in the month of July. At least 294 children have lost their way in 10 seaside municipalities since early July. No precise figure has been released yet for La Panne, but there were allegedly approximately 20. The largest number of children went missing on beaches in Ostende and Blankenberge. 20 children lost there. IKWV is offering younger children orienteering wristbands.
Oscar Schneider (Source: Belga)