Coastguard

Coastguard in wet suits at Blackpool Pier after hoax

One person was reportedly in the water standing at the pier in a Blackpool hoax.

It was reported to HM Fleetwood Coastguard that a person in the water was standing at the legs of North Pier at around 7:10 p.m. Sunday, September 5.

Upon arrival at North Pier, along with HM Lytham Coastguard, two Coast Guard rescue officers entered the water to investigate the pier legs as the tide rose.

RNLI Blackpool also launched a search at the end of the pier and found nothing.

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Following discussions with the Holyhead Marine Rescue Center, the lifeboat crews and crews were withdrawn and the call was deemed a “hoax”.

This is the second hoax they receive this weekend.

A spokesperson for HM Coastguard Fleetwood said: “The team has been paged twice in a row this evening.

“Our front page at 6:32 pm was for reports of someone stuck in mud by Shard Bridge over the River Wyre.

“It turned out to be a bogus call with good intentions.

“No sooner had we got home than another pager alert at 7:10 pm with reports of someone in the water holding onto the legs of North Pier, Blackpool.

“Upon arrival at North Pier, along with HM Coastguard Lytham, we instantly put two Coast Guard Rescue Officers in dry suits to investigate the legs of the pier as the tide rose.

“RNLI Blackpool also launched their ILB to search the end of the pier and find nothing.

“Following discussions with our MRC (Maritime Rescue Center) in Holyhead, the lifeboat crews and crews were withdrawn.

“It was considered a ‘Hoax Call’

“It was our second phone hoax this weekend.”

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