Thieves have stolen life-saving quad bikes from Formby's Royal National Lifeboat Institution, in Merseyside worth around £20,000.
Volunteer lifeboat crews based in Blackpool were among the busiest in the North of England last year.
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.
A spokesman for the Coastguard said the search has been called off for the night and will resume tomorrow morning.
A Lancashire Police spokeswoman said: "The man and a friend were walking a dog along steps leading from the Promenade to the sea, close to the Central Pier on South Shore, when a wave washed them into the sea."
She added that the man was from the local area and the search is continuing.
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.