Search for ‘despondent’ woman in sea

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Lifeboat crews were called out in Blackpool after reports of a woman in the sea near South Pier.

Emergency services were called at around 5pm on Tuesday and a Blackpool RNLI lifeboat was launched amid fears the “despondent” woman was at risk.

The woman was found and safely removed from the water’s edge by police.

Blackpool RNLI tweeted: “Our RNLI volunteers launched at 5pm to a person in the sea at South Pier. Fortunately the casualty reached safety before the lifeboat arrived.”

Lytham Coastguard, which was involved in the rescue mission, posted on Twitter that a “despondent” woman had been “removed from waters edge and taken by Blackpool Police to (a) place of safety”.