Tragedy as man is swept out to sea

A MAN has died after he was swept into the sea near Cocker Square

A MAN has died after he was swept into the sea near Cocker Square

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A MAN has died after he was swept into the sea in Blackpool.

The tragedy unfolded near Cocker Square at around 12.45pm on Saturday,Emergency teams from the Coastguard and the Royal National Lifeboat Association (RNLI) worked to rescue the man, who got into difficulty when he was taken into the sea by a large wave.

An RAF helicopter was also flown in to assist with the operation and the man, who was not from the Fylde coast, was eventually pulled out of the sea and taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

However, he was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Su Daintith, watch manager at Liverpool Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, which conducted the operation, said: “The man we believe was about to enter the water at the bottom of the seawall steps when he was swept off without any warning by a large wave which was a result of the overnight weather conditions.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this tragic time.”

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