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RNLI helps four to safety

His Excellency with Peel crew before his trip Credit: RNLI

It's been a busy night for Peel lifeboat crew - they've been involved in two rescues.

The first was an exercise during a visit by the Lt Governor of the Isle of Man.

But minutes after His Excellency Adam Wood left they were called out to a real emergency.

A 40 foot yacht had developed engine trouble whilst moored in Peel bay and was unable to escape a heavy swell. The yacht with four people on board was towed to safety.

Rescue operation: Stricken yacht towed to safety Credit: RNLI

Manx lifeboat crews rescue stricken boat

Lifeboat crews from the Isle of Man have rescued two men after their dingy broke down in the Irish Sea.

The men were returning to Ireland after visiting the Manx TT races when their engine failed.

The Peel Lifeboat, which was taking part in an exercise in the area, had to tow the stricken vessel 15 miles back to safety.


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


Photo of man missing off Blackpool coast released

Paul Morris was swept into the seat at Blackpool on New Year's Day. Credit: Lancashire Police

The man that was swept into the sea at Blackpool just after midnight on New Year's Day has been named as 41-year-old Paul Morris from South Shore, Blackpool.

He previously lived in Barrow-in-Furness. Despite shoreline searches his body has not yet been recovered from the water.

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