UK Coastguard coordinates search for overdue vessel in Lancashire

Two people have been found safe and well following an extensive search and after their boat was reported as overdue off Fleetwood in Lancashire.

The boat was reported as missing at 7.30pm this evening and lifeboats from Blackpool and Fleetwood, together with the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Caernarfon were sent to look for it.

Two people were known to be on board the vessel and after the UK Coastguard checked with family members, an extensive search was carried out around Fleetwood. A trailer and vehicle belonging to the two was also found back on land, with no sign of them having returned.

Knott End, Fleetwood and Lytham St Anne Coastguard Rescue Teams were also involved as the search went on.  

The vessel was subsequently found with both people on board safe and well. They had originally intended to stay out overnight but were persuaded to be towed back in by Blackpool lifeboat.

Duty controller for UK Coastguard Dai Jones said: ‘The vessel had been out for 12 hours with no sign of a return. We were unable to contact them to find out where they were and a search was carried out. Although they were safely anchored we advised them to come in.

‘Our advice remains the same. If you’ re going out on your boat, make sure you carry means to contact the Coastguard if you get into trouble, but also make sure that someone knows where you plan to go and when you intend to be back.’

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