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Sea search continues for missing man

Richard Williams from Beach Patrol Rescue searches for a man who was swept out to sea on New Years Eve,

Richard Williams from Beach Patrol Rescue searches for a man who was swept out to sea on New Years Eve,

THE search for the body of a man swept out to sea continued yesterday.

But despite a thorough search of waters between South and Central Piers during the afternoon nothing was found in the attempt to recover the body of Paul Morris, 41, from South Shore.

Coastguards were alerted to a potential sighting of something floating in the sea by a guest on the top floor of the Sands Hotel, on The Promenade, at around 2.30pm.

Two lifeboats were scrambled from RNLI Blackpool but nothing was discovered, and the search was suspended shortly before 4pm after the light faded.

RNLI crew member Paul Parton, who was involved in the operation, said: “We went to the vicinity but nothing was found.

“There’s various flotsam floating around at the moment.

“The police helicopter came and searched but nothing was found.”

Mr Morris, who had recently moved to the resort from Barrow-in-Furness, was walking a dog with two friends shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day when he fell into the water.

The search yesterday was overseen by members of Blackpool Coastguard.

Station officer Paul Little said: “We thought there was a sighting but we continued to look after we realised this wasn’t the case.

“The helicopter did see something but it was two marine animals, either dolphins or seals.”

Dozens of bystanders crowded round to watch the search from The Promenade.

Bob Lewington, of Shaw Road, South Shore, said: “The sea is the biggest killer in the world, but the lifeboat volunteers are amazing people though - they really are.

“Even when they know they’re not going to find him they still keep trying.

“I can hear the sea at night and it wasn’t nice on the night he went missing.”

 
 
 

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