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Huge waves crash into lifeboat during Blackpool rescue

This dramatic footage shows the rescue efforts of Blackpool RNLI after three men went into the water at North Pier.

Huge waves can be seen crashing into their lifeboat as they search for the men. One man managed to escape from the water unaided but the other two were found clinging to the seawall at around 7.30pm yesterday.

The men were helped to safety after a joint rescue effort from RNLI Fleetwood, RNLI Lytham, Lytham Coastguard, Fleetwood Coastguard, police, fire service, ambulance service and the coastguard rescue helicopter.

"The outcome could have been very serious indeed had it not been for the quick thinking of staff on North Pier who threw them a life ring and phoned the Coastguard."

– Blackpool RNLI volunteer helmsman David Warburton


Man, 73, with dementia missing from Blackpool

Michael Smedley, 73, has dementia Credit: Lancashire Police

We are appealing for help to find a man who is missing from an address in Blackpool.

Michael Smedley, 73, went missing from a residential home on Lytham Road at 9.50am this morning - Monday September 19.

He is described as white, tall and wears glasses. He was last seen wearing a brown jacket and beige trousers.

Michael has dementia and police have said they are getting increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Anyone who has seen Michael or has any information on his whereabouts can contact police on 101 quoting log 361 of 19th September.


Police appeal after young woman robbed in Blackpool

Grand Theatre on Church Street Credit: Google Maps

We are appealing for information after an 18-year-old woman was robbed in Blackpool.

The robbery happened in the early hours of Tuesday, September 6 when the victim was approached by two men near to the Grand Theatre on Church Street. They pushed her over and slapped her before stealing cash from her handbag.

The two men were described as wearing dark clothing with their hoods up. DI Gareth Willis of Blackpool CID said:

The victim has been left extremely shaken by her ordeal and we would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area at the time and has any information that could assist with our enquiries to contact us as soon as possible.

In light of this incident, we have stepped up reassurance patrols in the area and we would also urge other women to make sure they remain vigilant and keep safe when walking in the town centre and wherever possible try to avoid walking on their own.

Anyone with information about the robbery can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference WA1613798.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

– DI Gareth Willis of Blackpool CID
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