Blackpool search called off

A search for a man swept out to sea while walking his dog in Blackpool has been called off.

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Tribute by family of man missing off Blackpool coast

Paul is a hardworking man who enjoys spending time with friends and loves his family dearly.

He’s only recently moved back to Blackpool and we’re obviously shocked by what has happened and it’s a difficult time for us all, particularly as Paul can’t swim and we fear the worst.

We’re now just waiting for that fateful call to say that he’s been found so we can have some closure.

We’d like to thank all the emergency services for their efforts in trying to find and rescue Paul.

– Family statement

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Photo of man missing off Blackpool coast released

Paul Morris
Paul Morris was swept into the seat at Blackpool on New Year's Day. Credit: Lancashire Police

The man that was swept into the sea at Blackpool just after midnight on New Year's Day has been named as 41-year-old Paul Morris from South Shore, Blackpool.

He previously lived in Barrow-in-Furness. Despite shoreline searches his body has not yet been recovered from the water.

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Search for missing man resumes

Rescue Boat and crew
Search teams near Blackpool Credit: Blackpool Evening Gazette

A search for the body of a man swept out to sea while walking his dog at Blackpool will resume later.

The 41 year old was with a friend on the beach when a wave caught him in gale force winds around midnight on New Year's Eve.

A search by the RNLI and other emergency services failed to find him

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