Major search underway for missing man in rough seas off Blackpool coast

Emergency services were called out

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A major search is underway after reports of a man missing out at sea off Blackpool pier.

Police, a coastguard helicopter, lifeboats, and paramedics are at the scene after being called out to the incident.

The search has been ongoing for over an hour, Lancashire Live reports.

According to witnesses, the sea is very rough amid poor weather conditions.

A search and rescue helicopter has been sent from Caernarfon as part of the operation.

RNLI crew at the scene told a witness that a man has been missing for around two and a half hours.

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The Coastguard rescue helicopter is seen off the coast near Blackpool Pier
(Image: LancsLive/ WS)

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Flight radar systems show it is still at the scene and witnesses report it has been hovering over the water.

Lifeboats have been launched from Blackpool RNLI and Lytham St Anne’s RNLI.

Holyhead Coastguard told Lancashire Live the incident remains ongoing.  

The Coastguard rescue helicopter and lifeboats have been called out to the seach
(Image: LancsLive/ WS)

A major search is underway

Blackpool has been hit by 30mph gusts and heavy rain today with the Met Office saying the weather should become drier this afternoon.

It comes as the coastguard launched a major search off the coast of Sussex this morning after a fishing boat sank.

One man was found clinging to a lifebuoy in the sea while the search continues for two missing crew members.

Flight radar systems show a helicopter is still at the scene

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