Deputy Comforts Young Girl Who Got Separated from Her Mom at the Beach: ‘You Need a Hug?’

The lost girl was reunited with her mother last week on a Florida beach thanks to a Florida sheriff’s deputy

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Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

A Florida sheriff’s deputy delivered a much-needed hug to a young girl who got separated from her mother on the beach — and the heartwarming moment was captured on camera!

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputy Geoff Moore was patrolling Indian Rocks Beach on Friday, May 10, when he got a call that the young girl had gone missing, according to a Reel shared on the sheriff’s office’s Facebook page.

After the girl’s mother provided a description and a recent photo, Moore drove down the coastline in search of the child, as seen in footage from his dash cam.

Eventually, his vehicle stopped after he spotted the girl, who was standing along the water’s edge.

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"I miss my mommy. I miss her," the girl can be heard saying in the video.

“Are you alright? Need a hug?” Moore asked her. “It’s gonna be okay. Let’s go get you to mom, alright?”

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With the girl in tow, Moore turned his vehicle around and headed back north to reunite the child with her mother.

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Upon the mother and daughter’s reunion, a crowd — which had formed on the beach — burst into applause.

"Thankfully, this story has a happy ending," the sheriff's office wrote on Facebook.

The sheriff’s office added, "Any time you take your kids to a crowded location, consider taking a photo of them in their current outfits so if the unthinkable occurs — your child is lost — they can be located as quickly as possible.”

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