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7:00am 9th July 2012

New wristbands could stop children getting lost on Cornish beaches.

Pirate FM has learnt up to ten a day get separated from their families in the summer at Perranporth alone.

Now brightly coloured strips are being dished out for their name and a mobile number.

Carrie Stark, who is on holiday with her two children said, "It's obviously a huge area especially when it is very busy because you can't see at a glance where they are. It's horrible, total panic sets in. You just can't think what to do or where they could be. So I think it's important there's a way of identifying children quickly."

Senior lifeguard Giles Collier said, "We have to proceed to an all out search after twenty minutes. That involves local emergency services, coastguards - and quite often we have to clear the water out. It really does have a big knock on effect and there wristbands can really help.

"It does get absolutely packed. We have over two thousand people on the beach. There are so many children around, so many families, so many surfers. It can be dangerous and distressing for the families."

7:00am 9th July 2012

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