A MAN drowned after he was dragged into the sea by a freak wave, police said today.
The man was sitting on some steps off Blackpool Promenade late last night with two friends when he was hit by the wave and dragged into the sea.
A Lancashire police helicopter and the coastguard began a search at about 2.30am.
The body of a young man was found on the beach at 5am, some 200 yards from the sea wall.
A police spokesman said the next of kin were being informed and more details would be released later.