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
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.
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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.’
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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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