Hunt for missing man in Blackpool

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The search for missing man who was reported walking into the sea at Blackpool was called off – after he was found in the pub.

Emergency services were called in the early hours of Saturday after a man had reportedly threatened to throw himself into the sea close to The Lyndene hotel.

The police helicopter was launched at around 1.50am to help scour the beach nearby.

Blackpool RNLI launched both of its D-class lifeboats in the hunt, while Lytham Coastguard were also called in to help.

However, the search ended when rescuers found the man safe and well on dry land.

At around 5am, the National Police Air Service (NPAS) Warton tweeted: “Search of the beach for male seen walking into the sea. Patrols find male in local hostelry.”

A Blackpool RNLI spokesman said: “Our RNLI volunteers launched both D-class lifeboats at 2am to reports of person in sea near the Lyndene Hotel. Found safe and well elsewhere.”