Morecambe hovercraft rescue search called off after man found in pub

Morecambe lifeboat crew combed the shore for a missing man '“ but he was in the pub.

Friday, 13th May 2016, 9:57 am
Updated Friday, 13th May 2016, 12:01 pm
The RNLI Morecambe hovercraft.

The RNLI hovercraft was launched in the early hours of Friday after reports that a man was missing on the beach in the West End.

But after a 35-minute hunt, police found the man a mile away in the Coast bar on Queen Street and the search was called off.

Kevin Jackson, Morecambe RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: “This was a false alarm with good intent and the caller was right to report it.

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“The missing person is safe and well and, at the end of the day, that is all that matters.”

The call-out to the lifeboat crew came at 2.25am from Holyhead Coastguard who were also involved in the search. The Morecambe lifeboat was also on standby.