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The Coast Guard breaks off the search for brothers, 16 and 18, who disappeared off the Lancashire coast


The Coast Guard is breaking up searches for boys, 16 and 18, who disappeared off the Lancashire coast as police cite missing teenagers as West Yorkshire brothers

  • The search for Muhammad Azhar Shabbir [18] and Ali Athar Shabbir [16] withdrew
  • The brothers went missing near St. Annes Pier in Lytham St. Annes on Saturday
  • A 15-year-old boy was able to swim ashore and is being treated in the hospital

The search for two teenage brothers was called off after they disappeared in the waters near St. Annes Pier in Lancashire on Saturday.

Muhammad Azhar Shabbir, 18, and Ali Athar Shabbir, 16, were missing near the pier in St. Lytham St. Annes around 6.40 p.m. yesterday.

A 15-year-old boy is being treated in hospital after he manages to swim to the coast.

All three teenagers are from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

Muhammad Azhar Shabbir [18] and Ali Athar Shabbir [16] went missing near St. Annes Pier on Saturday night

The Coast Guard, Police and RNLI crews continued to search for the teenagers today, but Lancashire Police have now abandoned the search

The Coast Guard, Police and RNLI crews continued to search for the teenagers today, but Lancashire Police have now abandoned the search

In a statement, Lancashire police said: “Unfortunately, despite the search, our colleagues HM Coastguard and RNLI were unable to find the missing brothers Muhammad Azhar Shabbir, 18, and Ali Athar Shabbir, 16, from Dewsbury, who got into trouble with water last night near the St. Annes Pier.

& # 39; The search has now been discontinued but could reassemble later today. We will update you when they are found. & # 39;

Officials also revealed that the 15-year-old boy being treated in the hospital is a cousin of Muhammad and Ali.

Lancashire police said the search for Muhammad and Ali from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire could resume later

Lancashire police said the search for Muhammad and Ali from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire could resume later

Coast Guard rescue teams from Lytham and Fleetwood as well as the Coast Guard search and rescue helicopters from Caernarfon were on site Saturday after receiving a call from 999 just before 6:40 p.m., HM Coastguard said.

They were joined by RNLI lifeboats from Lytham St. Annes and Blackpool, as well as the independent rescue service Southport Lifeboat, as well as the Lancashire Police and the North West Ambulance Service.

The Coast Guard helicopter is no longer on site and a police helicopter joined the search on Sunday, HM Coastguard added.

A Lancashire police spokesman added: “Our colleagues at HM Coastguard and RNLI searched the water late into the night and resumed it this morning.

& # 39; They were unfortunately unsuccessful and both Muhammad and Ali remain missing.

“Your family has been informed and is being supported by specially trained officers. Our thoughts stay with them during this incredibly sad and difficult time. & # 39;

Rescue workers were looking for the missing 16-year-olds and 18-year-olds, both from Dewbury, West Yorkshire, last night

Rescue workers were looking for the missing 16-year-olds and 18-year-olds, both from Dewbury, West Yorkshire, last night

RNLI lifeboats from Lytham St. Annes and Blackpool and independent rescue service Southport Lifeboat joined the Coast Guard and police in a desperate search yesterday

RNLI lifeboats from Lytham St. Annes and Blackpool and independent rescue service Southport Lifeboat joined the Coast Guard and police in a desperate search yesterday

The search for two teenagers began Saturday night after they disappeared around 6:40 p.m.

The search for two teenagers began Saturday night after they disappeared around 6:40 p.m.

After the police started a search yesterday, they urged people not to help

After the police started a search yesterday, they urged people not to help

Last week, five bodies were pulled from the country's waters in 48 hours.

Last Sunday, a mother in her thirties drowned in Waxham, Norfolk after jumping into the sea to rescue her son and friend who got into trouble with a kayak.

Less than two hours later, after a long search, the body of 12-year-old Ava Gray was found in the River Leven near Balloch Bridge in Scotland.

The body of a Sussex man was pulled out of the water in front of Lancing Beach on Monday. The RNLI announced that a second body was found the next day.

Another tragedy occurred Monday when the body of a man in his sixties was pulled out of the water in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.

The police treat the death as unexplained, but not suspicious.

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