Two bodies have been found following the search for missing teenage brothers who were last seen in the sea in Fylde.

Muhammad Azhar Shabbir, 18, and Ali Athar Shabbir, 16 went missing close to the pier in Lytham St Annes at around 6.40pm yesterday.

Lancashire Police believe the bodies are of teens Muhammad Azhar Shabbir, 18, and Ali Athar Shabbir, 16.

A statement from Lancashire Police said: “Our HM Coastguard and RNLI colleagues searching for missing brothers Muhammad Azhar Shabbir, 18, and Ali Athar Shabbir, 16, from Dewsbury have sadly found two bodies.

“The discovery was made at just after 3.15pm this afternoon around a mile away from St Annes Pier, where they sadly got into difficulty in the water yesterday evening (Saturday, August 15).

“Whilst they have yet to be formally identified, they are believed to be Muhammad and Ali. Their family have been notified and are continuing to be supported by a specially trained officer.

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

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

Emergency services were initially called just before 7pm on Saturday after reports that three teenagers had gotten into difficulty.

A 15-year-old, the brothers’ cousin, made it back to shore and remains in hospital.