At the end of an already extremely busy day our brave volunteers from HM Coastguard Lytham were called out once again very late at night, at 11.28 p.m., to assist Blackpool Police search for a missing vulnerable person between Central Pier and Starr Gate. After they had searched for a couple of hours the police then started to focus their search inland so our HM Coastguard were stood down.
The volunteers from HM Coastguard Lytham had already been called out at 2.39 p.m. yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 27th January) to reports of a person walking out towards the sea in the Fairhaven area. They arrived on scene and it was later established that the person was a fisherman who was not in any difficulty.
However, whilst they were on scene, they then received reports of a second incident of a missing vulnerable person last seen close to Seafield Road in Lytham, so they immediately relocated and started a search. Lytham St. Anne’s RNLI were also tasked. They launched their ILB and searched the water. After searching for a while and, with the police and the operations room content they had searched all the areas they could, all units were stood down.
As they were returning to their station they received reports of a person lost in the fog on St Anne’s beach. The HM Coastguard volunteers were deployed onto the beach and navigated in the dark and fog with visibility less than 30 metres. They searched until they found the lost person close to the 11.5 mile perch and took them back to shore.