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US family 'forever grateful' to PSNI after finding their son who went missing at Titanic Belfast

By Claire Williamson

Published 14/04/2016

The Southwell family. L-R Caspian, Atticus, Sarah and Bodhi.This picture was taken before they went in to the museum. Bodhi went missing on the way out.
The Southwell family. L-R Caspian, Atticus, Sarah and Bodhi.This picture was taken before they went in to the museum. Bodhi went missing on the way out.
The Titanic Museum is on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast's Titanic Quarter

A family from America have thanked the PSNI for finding their son after he went missing during a visit to Titanic Belfast..

Tim and Sarah Southwell from Montana in the USA were plunged into "fear and panic" as their seven-year-old boy slipped away among the crowd at the museum.

In a letter to the Belfast Telegraph they said "fear, panic and an unimaginable feeling of dread" spread over them and they scoured the area for their son.

After 15 minutes of their last sighting of their son they spoke with Constable Jim Millar over his lunch break at the Dock Cafe.

They said: "Without giving it a second thought Constable Millar was up and engaged in priority one: finding our boy.

"Constable Millar displayed an air of calmness, professionalism and downright excellence as he went about engaging his network of fellow officers to implement a plan for locating our son.

"I was impressed with his compassion and inventive thought in implementing a plan of action."

The little boy was found 45 minutes later a mile away from the museum and was "scared and shaken" but in good health.

 

Mr and Mrs Southwell said they will be "forever grateful" to the PSNI.

"Though the online sites and tourist books proclaim the fancy restaurants, comfy hotels and hottest attractions as the reason to visit a particular city, it is the hidden gems that make a place worth visiting.

"Belfast has such a thing in its police force - men and women like Jim Millar of PSNI Strandtown, working tirelessly to provide safety and well-being for all folks that walk her streets.

"We are forever grateful for their service and will look forward to another visit to this wonderful city in the years to come."

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