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.
A father and son who were rescued when their boat got into difficulty have thanked their rescuers at the RNLI.