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Blackpool RNLI spokesman Paul Parton said ‘tonight’s search was a long and difficult one and sadly we were unable to find the casualty.’
The coastguard has said It is "highly unlikely" the man has survived. It's reported the
41-year-old was reported to have been walking his dog near the South Pier with another man when they ended up in the water shortly after midnight. A shoreline search for the man's body was continuing.
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The Duke of Cambridge has taken part in a search mission to rescue a man swept into the sea in gale-force winds at Blackpool.
Blackpool’s RNLI volunteers were called out shortly after midnight to reports of a man in the water at South Pier, Blackpool.