Coastguard warning after Blackpool rescue of drunk found ‘very far out’ in sea

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Emergency crews have issued important advice in order to avoid a ‘tragedy’ on the coast

An intoxicated person was rescued from the water in Blackpool

An intoxicated person was rescued from the water in Blackpool (Image: Lytham Coastguard)

Emergency crews had to rescue a drunk person who had gone “very far out” in the water at Blackpool.

RNLI Blackpool, Lytham and Fleetwood Coastguard teams and the police were called to reports of an intoxicated person in the sea near Gynn Square at 12.49am today.

Lytham Coastguard has now issued a warning urging people not to go into the water when under the influence, saying it could result in tragedy.

They said: “We were called out in the early hours of this morning at 00.49, to reports of an intoxicated person in the water around Gynn Square.

“Once we arrived on scene some fishermen pointed out the location of the casualty, who was very far out, RNLI Blackpool quickly arrived and we guided their lifeboats to the casualtys location. They then recovered the casualty from the water and brought them back to shore.

“The casualty was then passed into the care of Blackpool Police. HM Coastguard Fleetwood were also tasked.

“We urge people not to enter the water if you’ve had a drink, we see too many tragedies on our coastline involving drink. It impairs your reactions and you will put yourself and rescuers in danger! So please don’t become a statistic and be sensible.”

They added that if anyone sees anyone in difficult in the water that they should call 999 and for the coastguard.