Southend Coastguard Terence Coker, who responded to the incident, said the parents were planning to make a formal complaint.
“They were quite upset,” he said.
“The council have put notices up to warn people of the dangers, but kids will be kids.
“It won’t be the first rescue we’ve done, and it won’t be the last.”
You’re right about that, because Darwin was thwarted. And no, it’s not just children.
Mr Coker said he has attended three major incidents in the last year.
“One adult slipped and wedged himself between the rocks, we had to move the rocks to get him out,” he explained.
Should have left him there…
“During Southend Carnival last year, a young girl was down there with her friends and her friends’ parents.
“She had climbed down and got her leg wedged between the rocks.
“We had to try everything – including washing up liquid – to get her leg out.
“Eventually, the fire brigade came and moved the boulders using their hydraulics equipment.
“That was quite an eventful day for us.”
What an absolute waste of emergency service time.
Councillor Ann Holland, Southend’s executive councillor for culture, tourism and the economy, claims there are now enough signs, and more won’t make any difference.
She said: “It’s unfortunate that people don’t adhere to these warnings.
“We also have staff from the pier who come down to the lagoon to tell people to get off the rocks, but they often get a mouthful of abuse back at them.
“There’s not much else that we can do about it.
“It is really sad that a boy has been injured. But people have to act responsibly.”
Might as well wish for the moon.
Alicia Nichols, a mum-of-three from Rochford, said she would never let her children walk on the rocks.
“As a parent it’s my responsibility to watch my children and make sure they are safe. I’ve seen children as small as five on these rocks. The lagoon could be enjoyed if parents took more care.
“There’s no difference between this lagoon and the giant rocks on Shoebury beach. Parents need to take responsibility.”
But there’s always the alternative view:
Dominic Lodbrok, a prison officer from Southend, said: “It’s part of growing up. Keep wrapping kids in cotton wool and you raise a generation of brats.”
No, expecting people to rescue your brat when it’s ignored the signs and got itself into hot water is what’s breeding that.