Man swept out to sea over New Year is named

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A man who was swept into the sea in gale-force winds, leading to a search operation involving Prince William, has been named by police.

Paul Morris, 41, from South Shore, Blackpool, was walking near the resort's Promenade with his dog and two friends when he and another man were swept into the water just after midnight on New Year's Day.

Prince William, an RAF Search and Rescue helicopter pilot, was called out with crewmates from RAF Valley on Anglesey to help find the man after his friend managed to climb out and raise the alarm. Mr Morris has not been found, and no further searches are planned.