THE body of a dad-of-two who was swept into the sea on New Year’s Day has been discovered washed up on a beach.
Paul Morris was discovered on the sand opposite the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood, by a bait digger at 8.40am yesterday.
The 41-year-old chef, originally from Barrow-in-Furness, was walking his dog along Blackpool Promenade at just after midnight on New Year’s Day when he was dragged into the sea by a wave.
A huge search was conducted by RNLI crews from Lytham and St Annes, HM Coastguard and a Sea King rescue helicopter, piloted by Prince William, which was scrambled from the RAF Valley in Anglesey.
Members of the public have spoken of their shock at the body being swept along the shore from Blackpool to Fleetwood.
Kathryn Johnson, 55, of Fleetwood Road, Fleetwood, said: “It’s very sad and people who live on the Fylde coast don’t realise how powerful the sea is. It only takes one wave to pull you into the sea and that’s it.
“People never think they are going to be dragged into the sea.
“But it doesn’t matter if you’ve lived next to it for your whole life, it can still happen.”
Michael Owen, 52, of Palatine Road, Blackpool, added: “It must be comforting for the family to know the body has been found.
“It’s tragic circumstances, but no surprise he has been found here because the current is so strong.”
And taxi driver John Hardingham, 49, (left), of North Fleet Avenue, Fleetwood, said: “At least the family now knows what has happened. It must be some relief for them.”
Following his death, Mr Morris’ sister Karen Morris, took to the website of the North West Evening Mail in Barrow to post a heart rending tribute to her lost sibling.
She said: “Paul we miss you more then words could say, and we’re thinking of you every day.
“We all miss you so much, brother, and your two daughters Ebony and Amber miss you loads.
“There’s so many questions that we don’t understand about the night you got swept in the sea.
“RIP Paul we will always love you.”
Adam Royle, 37, who owned the Pig and Whistle pub in Cartmell, Cumbria, with his wife Wendy, where Mr Morris was head chef, added: “He was an all round nice guy, and brilliant with our son Charlie.”