UPDATE: Sea searches called off for two missing women

Wreath-laying ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the Seaham Lifeboat Disaster. RNLI Lifeboats from Tynemouth, Sunderland and Hartlepool took part in the laying of wreaths just off the entrance to Seaham Harbour where the tragedy took place.

Wreath-laying ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the Seaham Lifeboat Disaster. RNLI Lifeboats from Tynemouth, Sunderland and Hartlepool took part in the laying of wreaths just off the entrance to Seaham Harbour where the tragedy took place.

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LIFEBOATS searching for two missing women this morning were called back when no-one was found.

Blackpool Police asked the coastguard to help with the searches after reports of concern for the women’s safety were made at around 10am.

One of the women was in her 40s and was last seen in a hospital in West Yorkshire earlier today.

Passengers on a train from Leeds to Blackpool contacted British Transport Police, worried at her dishevelled and confused state.

The coastguard was also on the lookout for a 25-year-old woman who had told her landlord of her intentions to go into the sea.

The lifeboats returned to their station when no-one was found in the water.

Coastguard watch assistant Paul Harrison said the two RNLI lifeboats from Blackpool as well as a team from Lytham were searching the shore line along the resort coast.

A police spokeswoman said there were original concerns for the 25-year-old’s safety, but the search was scaled down after officers spoke to her family.