Last night and this morning (Sunday 12th January) both Lytham RNLI lifeboat and coastguard rescue teams from Lytham St Annes were involved in intensive searches following an emergency call from a member of the public. They were on the promenade between the Central and South Piers and spotted a person on the beach very close to the extremely rough sea.
The passer-by called the coastguard at 11.20 p.m. when they lost sight of the person.
HM Coastguard launched an intensive search of the area overnight in ‘very rough’ conditions and then at first light on Sunday.
A spokesperson for the Maritime & Coastguard Agency said: “Rescue units involved in the search overnight included the 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 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.” Currently no trace of anyone has been found.
The spokesperson further warned, “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.” This advice comes as Britain is set to be battered by 80mph gales as Storm Brendan sweeps across the country bringing heavy wind swept rain and travel chaos.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]