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Woman rescued in sea drama

Lytham St Annes Lifeboat

Lytham St Annes Lifeboat

A DAY tripper was rescued from the sea by a volunteer lifesaver near South Pier.

The 68-year-old woman was reported as having run on to the beach, near the Pleasure Beach, at around 7pm yesterday.

Police were alerted after the disappearance of the woman, from Yorkshire, who was described as being in a “distressed” state following an argument with her husband in their car.

The coastguard was called a quarter of an hour later and a crew scrambled from RNLI Blackpool along with the police helicopter.

The area was searched and eventually she was spotted close to the shoreline by RNLI volunteer Ian Butter.

He then waded in and dragged her out.

Paul Parton, from RNLI Blackpool, said: “We had a report of a distressed woman jumping out of her husband’s car, running across the beach and threatening to throw herself in.

“Rescuing her was a great team effort by all the services concerned.”

A coastguard spokeswoman said: “We got a call from the police at 7.15 saying that the woman had run on to the beach at South Shore.

“The coastguard team from Blackpool were searching for her and we located her at about 8.05pm.”

The woman was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

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