Double call-out for coastguard

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The coastguard team was called out after two emergency calls yesterday.

First four teenagers in an inflatable boat appeared to be in distress off Blackpool beach but were persuaded ashore by police at around 7.20pm.

Half an hour later crews were called out again to help a man passed out on the steps at North Pier.

A coastguard spokesman said: “The man had passed out on the steps leading down to the sea.

“He was taken to hospital for treatment by the coastguard team.”