IRC were contacted on the 5th May 1997 by Lincolnshire Police. They asked if we would be willing to help in a search for two missing children.
The children Ian Srnye aged 10 and Nathan Sawyer aged 9 were missing on an area of open beach and mud flats.
The tide in the area is exceptionally fast coming in, travelling at approx 11 miles per hour.
Three children had been seen playing in the area and one body had been found.
It was agreed that a maximum effort would be mounted by IRC, but as they required members in attendance within 1.5 hours, this would reduce the numbers attending.
A further request was placed for teams on the 7th and 8th of May. Due to the additional notice the team on the 7th would be 19 strong.
Joint search teams of Police Officers and IRC members searched the area on three occasions, without locating the children.
Ian and Nathan’s bodies have still not been found.
Ray Gray – Team Leader
Chris Park, Miranda Jones, Stuart Kinsey, Paul Wooster, Gary O’Shea, Mike Guymer, Helen Palmer, Russ Green, Mick Jeffery, Paul Mewse, Dave Maddock, Stuart Gray, Sheena McCabe, John Howman, Brian Davison, Glen Lloyd, Willie McMartin, John Fraser, Alan Turner, Brian Philip, Ann Marie Macdonald, Joe Urquhart, Steven Coles, Stan Robertson, John Aitken
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