This wasn't playtime on Loyola Beach as it appeared at first glance. This is how a search and rescue effort is launched on the beach for a missing person.
A man with the lifeguard squad filled me in. A six year boy old hadn't been noticed by mom in about an hour. Fearing the worst, this major search and rescue effort began with lifeguard boats, CFPD helicopter, police boats, and the volunteers seen forming human chains.
Luckily, the child was found on North Shore Beach where he'd wandered on his big adventure, but he was safe and sound. Please remember, the beach is a playground but the lifeguards are not babysitters.
Parents, please watch your little ones on the beach, parks and other public places.