The family of a Lancashire man who died after drowning in the sea have paid an emotional tribute to him.

Adam Dodd, 19 from Preston, sadly died after getting into difficulty in the water close to the pier at St Annes on Friday July 23.

Emergency services were called to the scene at around 7.20pm where Adam was rescued from the water.

He was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but died a short while later.

In a statement Adam's family said: "As a family we are truly devastated at the loss of Adam. Adam was a fun loving person who enjoyed life to the maximum.

"He was positive determined and ambitious.

"He had just started his career as PT instructor and had everything to look forward to.

"At this time we would respectfully ask for our privacy so that we can grieve as a family".

His death is not being treated as suspicious and a file has been prepared for the coroner.

Our thoughts remain with Adam's loved ones at this sad time.

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