JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla.-- Cassandra Revuelta loves taking her 14-month-old to the beach. Delilah's not good at walking yet, but as soon as she masters it, Revuelta has a plan.
"I know there's a lot of people that don't like harnesses, but I get a little backpack that will keep her close," she said.
Jax Beach Ocean Rescue says Revuelta has every reason to be concerned. This time of year, children disappear at a moment's time.
"They're only 20 to 30 feet away, but the parent didn't realize they were gone," Lt. Nick Wellington explained.
The problem comes when lifeguards have to do double duty. When a lost child comes up to their tower, they have to stop and try to find mom or dad.
"Scanning the water continuously is the most important pat of our job. When attention from that is taken away, it can create potential hazards," Wellington continued.
Lately, volunteer police officers have been coming to the rescue. When lifeguards are stretched too thin, they'll call a crew to come stroll the beach until parent and child are reunited.
Revuelta says she's grateful for the dilligence, and will do her part as best she can.
"Keep her right with me."
Lifeguards suggest you go over a safety plan with your kids ahead of time. Pick out a landmark you can meet at if you get separated. Ocean Rescue says in 2012, more than 100 children were lost at the beach.