Man dies after being hit by wave on Blackpool sea wall
A man has died after being swept into the sea by a large wave on Blackpool's sea wall.
Coastguard officers, RNLI lifeboats and an RAF helicopter were all sent to reports of a person in the water off Cocker Square at lunchtime.
The man was pulled out of the sea by a lifeboat crew and ashore to a waiting ambulance.
A Coastguard spokeswoman said he was later pronounced dead at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Su Daintith, Watch Manager, said: "The man we believe was about to enter the water at the bottom of the sea wall steps when he was swept off without any warning by a large wave which was a result of the overnight weather conditions.
"Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this tragic time."