A major search for two teenage brothers who got into difficulty in the sea off Lancashire has ended.

Police were alerted after 18-year-old Muhammad Azhar Shabbir and Ali Athar Shabbir, 16, went missing close to St Annes Pier in Lytham St Annes around 6.55pm on Saturday.

Officers, along with the coastguard and the RNLI, have been unable to find them.

Lancashire Police said the search has now been halted but may resume later.

A 15-year-old boy, who is their cousin, managed to swim to the shore and is being treated in hospital.


All three teenagers are from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

Lancashire Police tweeted: "Sadly, despite searching, our colleagues at HM Coastguard and the RNLI have not been able to find missing brothers Muhammad Azhar Shabbir, 18, and Ali Athar Shabbir, 16, from Dewsbury who got into difficulty in water close to St Annes Pier yesterday evening.

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"The search has been stood down but may reconvene later. Muhammad and Ali's family have been notified and are being supported. Our thoughts are with them. Thanks to all involved in the search and those who have sent well wishes."

Emergency services, including coastguard rescue teams from Lytham and Fleetwood, had been deployed along with a coastguard search and rescue helicopter, following a 999 call on Saturday evening.

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