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Person hospitalised after being rescued from sea near North Pier in Blackpool

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A person was given emergency first aid before being rushed to hospital after being rescued from the sea near North Pier.

 

Coastguard crews from Fleetwood were paged at 4.20am to reports a person had got into difficulty in the sea this morning (July 30).

An urgent search was launched near North Pier alongside crews from Lytham and RNLI Blackpool

RNLI Fleetwood and a rescue helicopter were also called to assist with the search.

A person was rushed to hospital after being rescued from the sea near North Pier. (Credit: HM Coastguard Fleetwood)A person was rushed to hospital after being rescued from the sea near North Pier. (Credit: HM Coastguard Fleetwood)

The person was rescued for the water using an inflatable life boat and was quickly given emergency first aid.

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They were then handed over to the care of paramedics at the scene before “being taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital”

“Their condition is not known at this time,” a spokesman for HM Coastguard Fleetwood added.

North West Ambulance Service has been approached for comment.

 

Casualty rescued in Blackpool sea drama

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A casualty was taken to hospital today after an early morning sea drama at Blackpool.

 

The search at Blackpool was a team effort

The search at Blackpool was a team effort

Fleetwood Coastguard revealed the details of the rescue by inshore lifeboat on social media.

They posted on Facebook that the team was paged at 04:20 (Friday July 30) to reports of person in difficulty in the sea at Blackpool North Pier.

They said: “HM Coastguard Fleetwood , HM Coastguard Lytham and RNLI Blackpool began a search with Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 936 and RNLI Fleetwood en route to assist.

“They then received advanced care before being taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

“Their condition is not known at this time.”

 

Fleetwood teenager is “hero of the night” after helping sea rescue teams save drowning man

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A Fleetwood teenager has been praised by sea rescue teams after he helped save the life of a drowning man  (Monday, July 26).

 

Kye Cudlip, 19, has been praised for helping save the life of a drowning man in Fleetwood last night (Monday, July 26). Pic: HM Coastguard Fleetwood

Kye Cudlip, 19, has been praised for helping save the life of a drowning man in Fleetwood last night (Monday, July 26). Pic: HM Coastguard Fleetwood

Kye Cudlip, 19, was taking a leisurely walk along the Fleetwood seafront at around 10.30pm when he heard a man crying out for help in the darkness.

Not having his mobile phone with him, Kye ran to the local police station to call 999.

The police control room alerted HM Coastguard whose volunteers rushed to the scene near the Coastguard station on the Esplanade.

A drowning man was rescued from the sea in Fleetwood last night (Monday, July 26) after 19-year-old Kye Cudlip heard the man's cries for help in the darkness. Pic: HM Coastguard FleetwoodA drowning man was rescued from the sea in Fleetwood last night (Monday, July 26) after 19-year-old Kye Cudlip heard the man’s cries for help in the darkness. Pic: HM Coastguard Fleetwood

The Fleetwood coastguard crew met Kye on the beach near the Fisherman’s Memorial and the teenager calmly pointed them in the direction of the man’s desperate pleas for help.

The Coastguard team used illuminating flares to help search the dark waters and the 4th flare revealed the silhouette of a man, who was now up to his neck in water.

The man had also made his own emergency 999 call and had been told by Coastguard HQ at Holyhead that help was on its way and he should “float to live”.

RNLI Fleetwood launched both lifeboats and its crews were swiftly guided towards the man, who was suffering from water inhalation.

He was pulled from the sea and passed into the care of waiting paramedics who rushed him to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Fleetwood’s Coastguard and RNLI crews say they have “no doubt” that the Kye’s swift yet calm response helped save the man’s life.

A spokesman for HM Coastguard Fleetwood said: “This could have been a very different outcome for the casualty had it not been for Kye’s swift action.

“We have no doubt that this young man’s action contributed to saving a life.

“Well done Kye! You were truly the hero of the night.”

A spokesman for RNLI Fleetwood added: “Well done, Kye. Excellent awareness of a deteriorating and desperate situation.”

 

Family pays tribute to ‘ambitious’ Preston man, 19, who drowned in the sea at St Annes

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A 19-year-old man who died after getting into difficulty in the sea in St Annes has been described as a “fun-loving person” by his family.

 

Adam Dodd, from Preston got into difficulty as he was swimming close to the town’s pier on Friday (July 23rd).

The 19-year-old was rushed to Blackpool Victoria Hospital after being rescued from the water, but he died a short time later.

In a tribute released today (July 27), Adam’s family said: “As a family we are truly devastated at the loss of Adam.

Adam Dodd (pictured) died after getting into difficulty in the sea on July 23. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Adam Dodd (pictured) died after getting into difficulty in the sea on July 23. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

“Adam was a fun-loving person who enjoyed life to the maximum.

“He was positive, determined and ambitious.

“He had just started his career as PT instructor and had everything to look forward to.

“At this time we would respectfully ask for our privacy so that we can grieve as a family”.

Officers said his death is not being treated as suspicious and a file has been prepared for the coroner.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “Our thoughts remain with Adam’s loved ones at this sad time.”

19-year-old Preston man drowns after ‘getting into difficulty’ off St Annes pier

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A 19-year-old has died after a sea rescue in St Annes , the third drowning death connected to the Fylde coast in a week.

 

The man has is believed to have got into difficulty swimming in the sea close to the town’s pier as England’s heatwave came to an end.

Lancashire Police said in a statement that emergency services including the HM Coastguard were called to at around 7.20pm yesterday to reports of a person drowning in the Ribble estuary.

The man, from Preston, was rescued from the water and taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but he died a short while later.

The 19-year-old died after getting into trouble off St Annes PierThe 19-year-old died after getting into trouble off St Annes Pier

A police spokesman said: “The man’s next of kin are being informed and our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances surrounding his death and it is not currently being treated as suspicious.”

Three other people were also taken to hospital to be treated for water inhalation, but their injuries are not expected to be life threatening.

The death the follows the drowning of a Blackpool teen boxer, regarded as a ‘future world champion’, on Thursday.

Frank Varey, 16, died after drowning in a Cheshire river.

He had been a member of Sharpstyle ABC boxing gym in Blackpool and he was reported missing after swimming in the River Dee. His body was later recovered

The deaths come have come at a time where coastguard crews serving the Fylde coast have provided safety guidance for those visiting the beach for World Drowning Prevention Day today.

The global advocacy event aims to highlight the “tragic and profound impact of drowning on families and communities” and offer life-saving solutions to prevent it.

During this month alone, Fleetwood coastguard has been called out to 44 incidents.

Around 11 of those callouts were to people reported to be in difficulty in the water, amounting to around 20 people in total.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident in St Annes yesterday to contact police on 101 or email 8121@lancashire.police.uk quoting log number 1515 of July 23.

Holidaymaker, 29, feared to have drowned near Blackpool after ‘accidentally getting out of his depth’

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A holidaymaker feared to have drowned off the coast of Rossall vanished after accidentally getting out of his depth.

 

The 29-year-old from Bolton was in the surf on Saturday – one of the hottest days of the year – with friends when he suddenly went under the waves and failed to resurface.

The sand can be treacherously uneven, especially near the groynes which extend down the beach and into the water.

A five-hour search involving RNLI lifeboats and the Coastguard – including the helicopter from North Wales, which can recalled shortly after flying over the resort while on a training exercise – was launched after the alarm was raised at around 3.25pm on Saturday.

A lifeboat from the RNLI searching the sea off the coast of Rossall on Saturday afternoon, after a 29-year-old holidaymaker from Bolton vanished while playing in the water with friends (Picture: Dave Nelson)A lifeboat from the RNLI searching the sea off the coast of Rossall on Saturday afternoon, after a 29-year-old holidaymaker from Bolton vanished while playing in the water with friends (Picture: Dave Nelson)

High tide was at 5.40pm, with the man’s body found by the Coastguard, near to where he went missing, when the water receded.

The resort’s coroner’s offfice yesterday said no date had been set for the opening of the tourist’s inquest, which will seek to determine exactly what happened – and if anything could be done to prevent further tragedies.

Officials fear the number of people holidaying in the resort this year rather than abroad, like in Spain where the tides tend to be less treacherous, could lead to more deaths.

It comes after a record weekend for Coastguard rescuers in Fleetwood and Knott End, where volunteers faced a relentless weekend of searches in scorching heat and on packed Promenades and sand.

Jobs including an object in the water at Norbreck, which turned out to be a dead porpoise; a missing five-year-old; several injuries including an unconcious person; and a number of groups being surrounded and cut-off by the incoming tide.

Paul Little, station officer for Blackpool and Lytham’s Coastguard team, said it wasn’t its busiest weekend, though, with three jobs on Saturday, two yesterday, and two by 1pm today.

He said: “We weren’t quiet either.”

 

 

Major sea search off Cleveleys and Fleetwood coast after reports of missing man

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A major search and rescue operation is ongoing off the coast of Cleveleys and Fleetwood Saturday evening after reports of a missing person.

Sea rescue teams search the coast of Bispham and Cleveleys after reports of a missing person today. Pic: Dave Nelson

Sea rescue teams search the coast of Bispham and Cleveleys after reports of a missing person today. Pic: Dave Nelson

Coastguard helicopters and RNLI lifeboats have been searching the coast for more than four hours for the missing man.

Lancashire Police have also joined forces with sea rescue teams with officers patrolling the seafront in a bid to find him.

A spokesman for HM Coastguard Fleetwood said the “the search is still ongoing”.

Sea rescue teams search the coast of Bispham and Cleveleys after reports of a missing person today. Pic: Dave NelsonSea rescue teams search the coast of Bispham and Cleveleys after reports of a missing person today. Pic: Dave Nelson

RNLI, HM Coastguard and Lancashire Police have been contacted for further details.

Last year, the Fylde coast mourned the death of two teenage brothers – Muhammad Azhar Shabbir, 18, and Ali Athar Shabbir, 16 – who died at sea in St Annes.

The tragic discovery was made by HM Coastguard and RNLI volunteers around a mile away from where the boys had last been seen after a lengthy sea search.

Police have been working alongside RNLI and Coastguard after reports of a missing person off the Cleveleys and Fleetwood coast today. Pic: Dave NelsonPolice have been working alongside RNLI and Coastguard after reports of a missing person off the Cleveleys and Fleetwood coast today. Pic: Dave Nelson

Police have been working alongside RNLI and Coastguard after reports of a missing person off the Cleveleys and Fleetwood coast today. Pic: Dave Nelson

Police have been working alongside RNLI and Coastguard after reports of a missing person off the Cleveleys and Fleetwood coast today. Pic: Dave Nelson

Man’s body found on Fylde coast beach after five-hour sea search

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A man’s body has been found on a Fylde beach following a five-hour search at sea by emergency services.

 

Although still to be formally identified, it is thought to be that of a 19-year-old man from Bolton who was reported missing from Rossall Beach, between Cleveleys and Fleetwood, around 3.30pm on Saturday,

Coastguard crews from Fleetwood and Knott End, RNLI volunteers from Blackpool and the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter joined police in the search and were stood down shortly before 9pm when the body was found close to where the man was reported missing.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “The circumstances are not thought to be suspicious and our thoughts are with the man’s family at this time.”

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Operation Nemo: Lancashire Police appeals for volunteers to prevent missing children cases on Blackpool and St Annes beaches

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Can you help find missing children on the beach?

 

That’s the question being asked of a new army of volunteers after a spike in youngsters vanishing on the sand.

The problem is leaving beach patrollers and Coastguard rescuers swamped ahead of the busy summer – when ‘staycationers’ will descend on the Fylde coast en masse.

With every police officer on duty in Blackpool tasked with hunting for 25 children over the course of two weekends at the end of May and start of June, Sgt Tom Sanderson realised the situation was untenable.

During busy weekends, Blackpool Police and Lytham Coastguard said they hoped volunteers would help to alleviate the pressure on their teams when children are reported missing on Blackpool and St Annes beaches. Pic: Daniel Martino/JPI MediaDuring busy weekends, Blackpool Police and Lytham Coastguard said they hoped volunteers would help to alleviate the pressure on their teams when children are reported missing on Blackpool and St Annes beaches. Pic: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

He said: “As we approach the summer holidays we’re expecting a lot more families at the beach, especially with international travel restrictions.

“But it’s such an operational demand, which is why we’re asking for volunteers to help out.

“During the last bank holiday weekend, we spent 90 officer hours on lost children.

“When a missing child report comes in, every officer on duty is dispatched, which means we aren’t going to domestic incidents, we aren’t out looking for people breaking into cars, we can’t patrol.

Paul Little, station officer at Lytham and Blackpool coastguard, said volunteers would enable his team to focus on life-endangering incidents.Paul Little, station officer at Lytham and Blackpool coastguard, said volunteers would enable his team to focus on life-endangering incidents.

“The majority of the time a child is found within 30 minutes of being reported missing, and usually by their families, so we’re sending police looking round for them and we don’t need to be.

“This is why we’ve got the Coastguard and beach patrol involved, and now obviously we’re looking for our own volunteers as well.”

Operation Nemo will see helpers, including police cadets, man the Prom between Blackpool’s North and South piers, as well as St Annes pier.

They will hand out wristbands to be worn by children and contain their parents’ details, tell visitors about tide times and beach safety, and set up a meeting point where lost children can be reunited with their families.

While Sgt Sanderson said the youngsters are usually tourists, he said nobody was to blame.

He added: “At the end of the day our main job is to safeguard children.

“This is our role. If you looked down a list of things police should be doing, that would absolutely be at the top.

“It’s very rare that a child who lives in the area would go missing from the beach, mostly because residents know the area.

“They know about the tides and when it’s really busy most of them actually tend to avoid the beach.

“This isn’t about wagging fingers or placing the blame on anyone because it’s so easily done.

“Even the most conscientious, caring people can be distracted for a split second.

“And in that time a child could have seen a donkey and wandered off to go and have a look.

“We can’t blame parents and this operation is happening more as a preventative measure.

“The average age of these kids is between around three and 10. After that age we don’t get a lot of reports because parents tend to worry less about older children. They give them a bit more freedom.

“For one case of a missing child we could be sending up to ten patrols. That’s 20 officers.

“Granted it won’t break them off for emergency calls but in terms of proactive patrolling or dealing with investigations, it really affects that.

“So the reason we want volunteers to offer around eight hours of their time one day a weekend is to help our officers get back to doing that.”

Coastguard rescuers working Blackpool, Lytham, and Fleetwood have been drafted in, and Paul Little, station officer at Blackpool and Lytham, said the volunteers would ease the pressure on his team.

He said: “We’re hoping that the operation is going to help us, particularly during the summer months when the beaches get really busy.

“We get numerous reports of missing children, usually between 30 to 40 children a year. It can often be worse in St Annes than in Blackpool because the beach is so much bigger.

“It can take us much longer to get to the water’s edge to search for a lost child, whereas in Blackpool you can usually see out to the water.

“There are three beaches in Blackpool and then up to St Annes so if we can minimise these sorts of call-outs then it will be easier for us.

“We can get back to more of the life-endangering incidents.

“It’s a danger for us as well. We can only be in one place at a time and when we’re travelling between A and B we can only go at national speed limits.

“Our primary concern is to make sure nobody is in the water which can be time consuming for us because quite often a missing child can cover a fair bit of distance.

“I think being able to go out there and build a dialogue with people about becoming a bit more wary of beach conditions and let them know what to do if their child goes missing will help.”

A spokesman for Blackpool Council, which will also be involved with Operation Nemo, said: “We are directly involved and fully supportive of Project Nemo. Our Beach Patrol team alongside other frontline operational staff such as our CCTV operators are working closely with the police and volunteer organisations to ensure the safety of children and vulnerable adults along the Promenade and beach areas.

“Our teams are actively involved with surveillance, enhancing the visibility of meeting points and offering temporary welfare facilities until individuals can be reunited with their families or carers. Last year our Beach Patrol team working with other colleagues and partners played a key role in successfully reuniting 77 lost children or vulnerable adults who had been found in distress when they had become separated.”

Members of the public who want to volunteer will be subject to police vetting and criminal record check.

Don’t overload us with 999 non-emergencies this weekend say Lancashire Police

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Police in Lancashire say they have been receiving a high volume of 999 calls which aren’t emergencies.

 

Lancashire Police have appealed to the public not to overload the switchboard with non-emergency 999 calls

Lancashire Police have appealed to the public not to overload the switchboard with non-emergency 999 calls

And they are asking the public to contact them in other ways, to free up the service more serious incidents.

But after police made the request on their Facebook page on Saturday, some people said they wouldn’t resort to using it if the 101 response was faster.

On their social media page, the police stated: “We are currently experiencing a very high volume of calls in to our control room are asking that you only use 999 in an emergency.

“Non-emergency incidents can be reported online here: http://orlo.uk/EVSXq.”

But one disgruntled man posted: “If you didn’t have to wait hours to get through on 101 by which time the non urgent crime has take place and the offender is long gone to then be told you are too busy to attend then people wouldn’t use the emergency number.

“People are sick of reporting and nothing happening.”

Assistant Chief Constable Pete Lawson, of Lancashire Police, said: “We have had a huge number of calls in to our control room already today, and we are expecting thousands more before the end of the weekend.

“We are now asking people to think about how best to get in touch with us, and to use the online reporting facility if appropriate.

“Our control room operators do a brilliant job, working efficiently and professionally to help keep everybody safe, but please do your bit and only call 999 if it is a genuine emergency.

“We know a lot of people (including us!) will be looking forward to the football tomorrow – maybe with a few drinks – or getting out and about with friends or family this weekend. But please also be mindful of keeping yourself and others safe to help reduce demand on emergency services.”