Missing Child Spurs Dive Ops In Manhattan Beach

A mother went into the waters at Manhattan Beach this afternoon with two young children, but one disappeared, kicking off an hour long dive operation in search of the boy.

Believed to have drowned, police scrambled emergency response teams that arrived around 5:15 p.m., closing off half the beach.

In a happy twist, the boy was found safe and sound on the beach. He was unharmed, and apparently got to enjoy quite the show of force from New York’s emergency crews.

According to a witness, an NYPD helicopter began hovering over the waters before any other response arrived. Three divers jumped from the helicopter into the ocean and began combing the water. There were also between five and six emergency boats in the water below the chopper, and numerous emergency service vehicles from the NYPD and FDNY lined the prominade.

The helicopter landed on the Manhattan Beach promenade around 6 p.m.

In the end, our tipster on the scene told us, “All the firemen are smiling and everyone seems very happy.” A good outcome from the city’s finest and bravest,

This is a breaking story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

This story was last updated at 6:46 p.m.

Photos courtesy of Allan Rosen

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