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A major search is underway after reports of a man missing out at sea off Blackpool pier.

Police, a coastguard helicopter, lifeboats, and paramedics are at the scene after being called out to the incident on Saturday morning.

HM Coastguard was alerted by a 999 call reporting that a man had been seen entering the sea near the North Pier and the search has been underway since 10am, Lancashire Live reports.

According to witnesses, the sea is very rough amid poor weather conditions.

A search and rescue helicopter was sent from Caernarfon as part of the operation.

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The Coastguard rescue helicopter is seen off the coast near Blackpool Pier
(Image: LancsLive/ WS)

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Flight radar systems show it is still at the scene and witnesses report it has been hovering over the water.

Lifeboats have been launched from Blackpool RNLI and Lytham St Anne’s RNLI.

Holyhead Coastguard said the incident remains ongoing.  

The Coastguard rescue helicopter and lifeboats have been called out to the seach
(Image: LancsLive/ WS)

A major search is underway

Blackpool has been hit by 30mph gusts and heavy rain today with the Met Office saying the weather should become drier this afternoon.

A full statement from the coastguard to Lancashire Live said: "HM Coastguard was alerted by a 999 call reporting that a man had been seen entering the sea near the North Pier, Blackpool.

"A search has been underway since 10am on Saturday morning involving RNLI lifeboats, Blackpool Coastguard Rescue Team and the Coastguard rescue helicopter based at Caernarfon.

Flight radar systems show a helicopter is still at the scene

"A Coastguard fixed wing aircraft is also involved in the search. Nothing has been found as yet."

It comes as the coastguard launched a major search off the coast of Sussex this morning after a fishing boat sank.

One man was found clinging to a lifebuoy in the sea while the search continues for two missing crew members.

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