Lytham St Annes and Blackpool RNLI extend condolences to family of brothers

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers at Lytham St Annes and Blackpool RNLI have extended their condolences to the family of two brothers who died while swimming at the weekend.

Lytham St Annes RNLI’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats were requested to launch shortly before 7pm on Saturday evening (15 August) to search for the two brothers who were reported missing after attempting to swim ashore from a sandbank. Blackpool RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was also involved in the search.

David Forshaw, Lytham St Annes RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family of Muhammad Azhar and Ali Athar Shabbir following this terrible tragedy. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.’

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