A search and rescue operation has been launched this morning after a person has fallen overboard into the Solent from a Wightlink ferry.
The Portsmouth RNLI lifeboat has been launched along with other emergency services to find and rescue the person who is understood to have gone in the water. The Wightlink St Cecilia was mid sailing between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight when the person is understood to have jumped.
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A search is taking now taking place in the Solent with the help of the coastguard search and rescue helicopter Rescue 175 from Lee on the Solent, Two Ministry of Defence Police launches. Other emergency services are also conducting shoreline searches for the person.
The alarm was raised just after 11 am on Wednesday morning. It is understood that the person went into the water at 10.52am.
Three lifeboats from Bembridge and Portsmouth are conducting a search on the water for the person that still ongoing.
A spokesperson from Wightlink has confirmed that on the 10.30am St Cecilia car ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne, a passenger was seen to jump overboard just outside Portsmouth Harbour.
The crew of St Cecilia deployed the ship’s rescue boat and the Coastguard is now the lead authority on this matter. St Cecilia is still in the area of the incident, with customers on board, while authorities are trying to recover the person.
The UK Coastguard said: HM Coastguard is coordinating a search and rescue mission after reports of a man overboard off a ferry near Portsmouth Harbour.
The Mayday call came in around 10.50am today (29 August) and an extensive search is being carried out of the area. Two RNLI lifeboats from Portsmouth, the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lee-on-Solent, Hillhead and Portsmouth Coastguard Rescue Teams are all involved.
Also assisting are harbour patrol vessels and a Royal Navy vessel. HM Coastguard has also broadcast a relay to vessels in the area requesting they respond and assist with the search.
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