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Mum on hunt for kind stranger who found missing autistic daughter on beach

A mum has told of the “worst ten minutes of her life” after her young daughter went missing at Portobello Beach, Edinburgh.

Dannielle Johnston, 28, had taken her daughter Amelie, who has autism, to the popular spot on Wednesday as temperatures soared over 20 degrees.

However, Danielle panicked when she could no longer see Amelie paddling in the water.

The mum, from Penicuik, said: “My daughter had been right in front of us but because the water had gone out a bit when she came out she got a bit disorientated and ended up walking the wrong way away from us.

“When I went to get her and saw she wasn’t there I started to look the other way, so we were going in opposite directions.

Danielle panicked when she could no longer see Amelie paddling in the water

“Amelie was heading in the direction of the cat and dog home, and she walked for over a mile before anyone stopped her and asked if she was okay.

“After I realised it was horrific and the worst 15 minutes of my life, I started to have a panic attack and went straight to report it to the police who were dotted about everywhere.”

Now reunited with her little girl, Danielle explained that she is desperate to find and thank the man that helped Amelie, but has so far had no luck.

Mum on hunt for kind stranger who found missing autistic daughter on beach
Luckily a man stopped the girl and took her to the police station

She added: “Luckily, a man had stopped Amelie outside the cat and dog home and asked her if she was okay to which she actually said no.

“She managed to tell him her name and he took her to police, which were then able to eventually reunite her with me.

“She was very distressed, but now has told me she has £1 in her piggy bank that she wants to use to buy him flowers.

“Unfortunately that’s all the information I have, I don’t have his age or description. I put a post on Facebook trying to find him but have so far had no luck.”


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