Nearly 600 children ‘lost’ on Belgian coast
16 August 2004
BRUSSELS – Some 597 children were reported ‘lost’ on the Belgian coast the first two weeks of August, it was reported Monday.
The figure comes from East Flanders rescue authorities, who said that some 25 youngsters were reported missing this past weekend alone.
Breaking down by locale, 107 children were reported missing in La Panne, 100 in Blankenberge, 96 in Coxyde, 82 in Coq, 64 in Oostende, 49 in Middelkerke, 35 in Nieuport, 12 in Bredene, 22 in Zeebrugge and 30 in Knokke.
It wasn’t clear from reports how many children were ultimately returned to their families, but presumably most of the youngsters were only missing for a short while.
[Copyright Expatica 2004]
Subject: Belgian news