Man dies after being hit by wave on Blackpool sea wall

Stormy day in Blackpool
Image caption The coastguard said the man was hit by a large wave

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."

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