Searches take place after report of a man swept away by large waves at Blackpool

HM Coastguard coordinated an intensive search of the sea in central Blackpool overnight after a report of a man swept away by large waves on the seafront.

At 11.20pm on Saturday 11th January, Holyhead Coastguard took a 999 call from a member of the public on the promenade between the Central and South Piers, looking down at a man below on the beach very close to the water.  With such rough weather and large waves, the man said he had shouted a warning at the man on the beach and then he called 999 for the Coastguard when he could no longer see the person on the beach.

Rescue units involved in the search overnight included Lytham RNLI lifeboat, Lancashire Police, a Coastguard rescue helicopter and Coastguard rescue teams from both Lytham St Annes and Fleetwood. Conditions at sea overnight were described as very rough with strong winds. A further search began this morning at first light involving officers from Knott End, Fleetwood and Lytham St Annes Coastguard Rescue Teams with nothing found.

With parts of the UK set to be battered by winds up to gale force strength this week, please keep well clear of the waves and don’t risk your life - keep a respectful distance.

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