Rescue crews search Blackpool coastline for man swept into sea by gale-force winds
Tuesday 01 January 2013
Rescue crews were searching a stretch of coastline today after a man was swept into the sea in gale-force winds.
The 41-year-old was reported to have been walking his dog in Blackpool with another man when both men ended up in the water shortly after midnight.
The second man was able to get to safety and raise the alarm.
A search was carried out overnight by RNLI and Coastguard crews from Blackpool and Lytham St Annes, assisted by the Lancashire Police helicopter and the search and rescue helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey.
A second search operation got under way just after first light today and remains ongoing.
Stuart Atkinson, watch manager at Crosby Coastguard station, said: "We received a call at 12.13am from Lancashire Police reporting that a male was in the water near the South Pier at Blackpool.
"A second male had been in the water but managed to get to safety and raise the alarm.
"We believe, but it's not confirmed, that they were walking their dogs.
"A search was carried out by coastguard rescue units, the local RNLI lifeboats from Blackpool and Lytham St Annes and the police helicopter.
"The rescue helicopter from RAF Valley was also there providing lighting assistance for the search teams.
"The area was searched and unfortunately we didn't find the 41-year-old male at that time, but we are carrying out a second search at the present time.
"We do believe a life ring was thrown to him and a football. We have located the football but not the life ring."
Mr Atkinson said the search operation was hampered last night due to very strong, westerly gale-force winds.
"As you can imagine, westerly winds are aimed straight at the sea shore at Blackpool and it made it quite difficult for the lifeboat crews to search," he said.
The current search was focusing on an area of the Irish Sea around the South Pier and the Blackpool sea wall.
A Lancashire Police spokeswoman said: "The man and a friend were walking a dog along steps leading from the Promenade to the sea, close to the Central Pier on South Shore, when a wave washed them into the sea."
She added that the man was from the local area and the search is continuing.
- 1 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 5 Cancel Sky at your peril: man spends 96 minutes in chat but fails to get rid of service
Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor are reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
'Jihadi John': Isis executioner Mohammed Emwazi wanted to wage jihad in Somalia until his friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
80 per cent of Missouri town’s police quit after election of first black mayor
Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Office Administrator is requ...
£12000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Due to expansion and growth of ...
£40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Senior PHP Developer position with a...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: An Operations Leader is required to join a lea...