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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Second search begins after man swept into sea

The area was searched and unfortunately we didn't find the 41-year-old male at that time, but we are carrying out a second search at the present time.

We do believe a life ring was thrown to him and a football. We have located the football but not the life ring...

As you can imagine, westerly winds are aimed straight at the sea shore at Blackpool (last night) and it made it quite difficult for the lifeboat crews to search.

– Manager at Crosby Coastguard station Stuart Atkinson

The current search is focusing on an area of the Irish Sea around the South Pier and the Blackpool sea wall.

Search for man swept into sea off Blackpool beach

Rescue crews are searching a stretch of coastline after a man was swept into the sea in gale-force winds.

The 41-year-old was reported to have been walking his dog in Blackpool with another man when both men ended up in the water shortly after midnight.

The second man was able to get to safety and raise the alarm.

A search was carried out overnight by RNLI and Coastguard crews from Blackpool and Lytham St Annes, assisted by the Lancashire Police helicopter and the search and rescue helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey.

A second search operation got under way just after first light today and remains ongoing.

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