Two bodies found in search for missing Dewsbury brothers off Lancashire coast

Two bodies have been found in the search for two Dewsbury brothers who went missing at sea off the Fylde coast in Lancashire.

By Joe Cooper
Sunday, 16th August 2020, 6:30 pm
Updated Sunday, 16th August 2020, 6:36 pm

Muhammad Azhar Shabbir, 18, and Ali Athar Shabbir, 16, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, were last seen close to St Annes Pier in Lytham St Annes on Saturday evening.

Their 15-year-old cousin, also from Dewsbury, managed to swim to the shore.

The youngster, who was not named, remains in hospital.

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Muhammad Azhar Shabbir, 18, (left) and Ali Athar Shabbir, 16.

Police were alerted at 6.55pm after concerns for their safety.

On Sunday police confirmed that HM Coastguard and RNLI colleagues found two bodies just after 3.15pm, about a mile from the pier.

A police spokeswoman said: “Whilst they have yet to be formally identified they are believed to be Muhammad and Ali Shabbir.

“Their family have been notified and are continuing to be supported by a specially trained officer.

The RNLI lifeboat returns after searching for Muhammad Azhar Shabbir, 18, and Ali Athar Shabbir, 16, from Dewsbury, the two missing teenagers who got into difficulty in water at St Annes, Lancashire (photo: Kim Piling / PA Wire).

“Our thoughts and condolences remain with them at this incredibly distressing time.

“Thanks again to our colleagues at HM Coastguard, the RNLI and the National Police Air Service for helping the search to find Muhammad and Ali, as well as everyone who has sent kind words.”

Coastguard rescue teams from Lytham and Fleetwood and the coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Caernarfon had been part of the operation.

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


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