THE search for a man who fell into the sea by Blackpool’s South Pier has been suspended for the night.
It is thought the 41-year-old, who had moved to Blackpool from Barrow-in-Furness last month, fell into the water while walking with two friends and a dog near the Sandcastle just after midnight.
Two RNLI lifeboat crews from Blackpool and Lytham were joined by the Coastguard, the police, and fire service in the search for the man.
The RAF Valley helicopter was also scrambled but the search was suspended just after 4am.
A further search was conducted this morning but was suspended this afternoon due to the high tide and lack of light.
Liverpool Coastguard watch manager Stuart Atkinson said: “The water was quite rough and the wind was gale force eight making it was difficult for the Blackpool’s inshore lifeboat to carry out an effective search.”
A Coastguard spokesman added: “It looks like they have been out walking and one man has slipped and gone into the water. Another man has gone in to help but has managed to get himself out and was checked over at the scene by paramedics.
“It happened just before high tide. The crews were going out again at 7am today to continue the search.”
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