Missing man found 'collapsed' by coastguard teams

Coastguard rescue teams from Lytham and Fleetwoodand the police helicopter were called in to assist.
Coastguard rescue teams from Lytham and Fleetwoodand the police helicopter were called in to assist.

A missing vulnerable man, with links to Blackpool, was found collapsed by coastguard rescue teams on sea defences at Bispham, say police.

The man was reported missing to Lancashire Police at around 8.45pm on March 22 and a street search was conducted by officers around the Little Bispham area.

Coastguard rescue teams from Lytham and Fleetwood and the police helicopter were called in to assist.

The man was found by rescue teams "unconscious but breathing" at around 1.30am and was given first aid until paramedics arrived.

A spokesman for Fleetwood Coastguard Rescue Team said: "[We were] paged by Holyhead CGOC to assist Lancashire Police in searching for a vulnerable missing person.

"The team assembled near Little Bispham where police officers had started a street search of the area following information that the missing person was in the area.

"Three of Fleetwood CRO's went down onto the beach (low tide time) and started a line search between the water and promenade heading south.

"Lytham Coastguard where tasked to start searching from the Gynn area of Blackpool North.

"The casualty was located by the line search team and first aid was quickly administered until paramedics arrived to stabilise the casualty.

"At that point, using manpower from both teams, the casualty was stretcher lifted over the promenade wall and carried into the ambulance for transfer to hospital.

"A successful conclusion to this incident showing great team work by Police and North West Ambulance and coastguard."

The man was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital and his current condition is not known.