The boy disappeared from the beach in the Ostend suburb of Mariakerke on Wednesday afternoon. As soon as he was reported missing boats combed the shoreline and a helicopter took to the air to look for the lad.
It was only towards evening that the boy was found. He had wandered two and a half kilometres from the place where he started out and had fallen asleep. He was only noticed after everybody else left the beach. His adventure left him unscathed.