Blackpool lifeboat volunteers rescue man from sea near North Pier
A man in his 20s has been rescued by lifeboat volunteers after being spotted in the sea at North Pier.
At 12.50am (February 7), a member of the pier's security staff had heard cries for help before spotting a man in the water.
The security officer quickly threw a life ring into the water to help the distressed man before calling 999.
RNLI volunteers were called out, with both D class lifeboats being launched from the lifeboat station at Central Promenade, a half-mile away.
The rescue crew reached the man and were able to pull him from the freezing water and into the safety of one of the lifeboats.
He was returned to shore where a waiting coastguard vehicle transferred him to the care of the ambulance service.
A spokesman for North West Ambulance Service said: "We sent two rapid response units and an ambulance attended.
"A man in his 20s was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital."
A spokesman for RNLI Blackpool said: "Our RNLI volunteers were called out at 12.50am this morning when a person was spotted in the sea near North Pier.
"Security staff on the pier threw a life ring to the casualty while both of our D class lifeboats launched and headed to the area.
"The lifeboat crew helped the casualty into the lifeboat and returned him to the shore.
"HM Coastguard Lytham and HM Coastguard Fleetwood, also attended."