Police ask people not to join search for missing teenagers off coast of St Annes

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RNLI in Blackpool
Police have asked people not to join in the search for two missing teenagers from Dewsbury who got into trouble in the water near St Annes Pier last night.

Emergency services were called at 6.55pm yesterday to reports of the two males, aged 18 and 16, in difficulty. A 15-year-old boy, also in difficulty, managed to swim to shore and was taken to hospital.

The coastguard and RNLI lifeboats from St Annes and Blackpool searched well into the night and resumed this morning with the help of the police helicopter.

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Members of the public have been advised not to put themselves at risk by joining the efforts.

A Fylde police spokesman said: "We know that a lot of people are concerned and last night, some posted comments asking whether they should assist with the search. We appreciate people offering, however, your safety is extremely important to us and so we would ask that you leave it to ourselves, the coastguard, RNLI and the National Police Air Service).

A Blackpool RNLI spokesman said: "The all-weather lifeboat from Lytham searched through the night and was re-joined at first light this morning (Sunday 16 August) by the stations D class lifeboat and the Atlantic 85 lifeboat from Blackpool."