Teenagers rescued in significant search operation off Blackpool seafront

The pair were taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital after police, coastguards and an air ambulance were sent to the coast

Two teenagers were rescued when a huge search operation was launched off Blackpool’s coast on the hottest day of the year.

As crowds flocked to the seafront in the heatwave, a significant emergency response was launched when a group got into difficulty in the sea at around 6pm. Police, fire crews, ambulance, air ambulance and lifeguards and lifeguards were all despatched to the incident near Central Pier and a cordon was quickly set up as large crowds watched on .A large section of the promenade was sectioned off, with members of the public advised to avoid the area and make alternative travel arrangements where necessary

The air ambulance landed on the beach but is not thought to have taken any patients. However, two people were taken to hospital after being rescued from the sea.

A police spokesperson said: “We were called at 17.54 today (18 July), by North West Ambulance Service, reporting a number of individuals had got into difficulty in the sea near to Blackpool’s Central Pier.

“It is believed that all persons have been rescued, two have been taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where their treatment is ongoing.”

Blackpool lifeboat crews were among those to response with assistance also coming from coastguard’s in Lytham, Fleetwood and Knott’s End. An RNLI spokesperson said: “Our RNLI volunteers were called out at 17:50 this evening to reports of two teenagers in difficulty in the sea at Central Pier. The D-Class inshore lifeboat was just about to launch, when members of the public managed to get the two back the safety of the beach. The lifeboat crew assisted in medical care with assistance from North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

“Both inshore lifeboats launched after dealing with the teenagers to search the area around Central pier to establish there was no one else in difficulty.”


Jamie LopezSenior Reporter
  • 07:01, 19 JUL 2022

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