Family of drowned brothers send thanks to local lifeboat crews

The parents of two teenage boys who drowned close to Lytham St Anns have thanked those who helped search for this missing pair.

Muhammad Azhar Shabbir, 18, and Ali Athar Shabbir, 16 died on 15th August after getting into difficulty in the waters surrounding Lytham St Annes during a family trip to the seaside.

Southport Offshore Rescue Trust confirmed at the time they had been involved in the search and passed on their condolences to the family of the two brothers.

On Tuesday, a statement released on behalf of the parents said: “Mr and Mrs Shabbir and their family want to express their greatest thanks and appreciation to everyone that helped them that day.

“This includes the emergency services, Lytham St Annes RNLI, the Southport Lifeboat crew, the Coastguard, police on duty that day, Beth and her husband, who went into the sea to try and find their boys, other members of the public who tried to help them, staff at St Annes Travelodge and the receptionist who paid for additional family that arrived the next day to stay.”

On 17th August, Southport Offshore Rescue Trust said: “The crew here are obviously upset and deflated that the boys weren’t found sooner. It is a difficult situation for our volunteers to be in as we have been very busy this summer and have been able to help so many people who have found themselves in difficulty.

“Ultimately though it is the Shabbir family that we feel most for. What started off as a family outing to the seaside on a nice day has turned into a tragedy. Our deepest sympathy goes out to them at this time.”