Sea search man named

A man who was swept into the sea off Blackpool in the early hours of New Year's Day has been named by police as Paul Morris. The search for the 41-year-old had earlier been called off by coastguards.

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Tribute by family of man missing off Blackpool coast

Paul is a hardworking man who enjoys spending time with friends and loves his family dearly.

He’s only recently moved back to Blackpool and we’re obviously shocked by what has happened and it’s a difficult time for us all, particularly as Paul can’t swim and we fear the worst.

We’re now just waiting for that fateful call to say that he’s been found so we can have some closure.

We’d like to thank all the emergency services for their efforts in trying to find and rescue Paul.

– Family statement

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Duke of Cambridge 'took part in Blackpool sea search'

The Duke of Cambridge has taken part in a search mission to rescue a man swept into the sea in Blackpool in gale-force winds.

William, an RAF Search and Rescue helicopter pilot, was called out with crewmates from his base at RAF Valley on Anglesey to help locate a man in the early hours of New Year's Day, sources have confirmed to the Press Association.

The Duke of Cambridge is based at RAF Valley on Anglesey. Credit: Reuters

The 41-year-old was reportedly walking his dog with another man when he was swept into the sea.

The Duke used the lights from his Sea King helicopter to help RNLI and Coastguard crews from Blackpool and Lytham St Annes look for the man in the water.

The search for the man was called off today after rescue crews were unable to find him.

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Search for missing man resumes

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Search teams near Blackpool Credit: Blackpool Evening Gazette

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

Lancashire Police: Wave washed man into the sea

A Lancashire Police spokeswoman has said that a man who was swept into the sea in gale-force winds in Blackpool, is thought to be from the local area and the search is continuing. The spokeswoman added:

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.

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