Rescue teams call off search for passenger who jumped off Isle of Wight ferry into Portsmouth Harbour
- A dramatic rescue mission was launched after a man jumped from a ferry
- The passenger ship was travelling from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight
- Hundreds of passengers were stranded while rescue teams took to air and sea
Rescue teams have called off the search for a ferry passenger who today jumped overboard and into the sea.
Two lifeboats and a rescue helicopter spent around four hours searching for a man who reportedly jumped from the deck of Wightlink’s 253ft St Cecilia ferry this morning.
Despite the Royal Navy assisting with the ‘extensive search’ in Portsmouth Harbour, Hampshire, crews have been unable to find the man.
Rescue teams were scrambled into the water after the man jumped from a ferry at Portsmouth Harbour
A search and rescue operation was launched this morning after a person fell overboard into the Solent from a Wightlink ferry.
Hundreds of passengers heading from Portsmouth to Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight were left stranded on the boat for hours while the search took place .
After hours of searching, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has handed its search over to the police to carry out a missing person’s enquiry.
An MCA spokewoman said today: ‘An extensive search has been carried out of the area around Portsmouth Harbour following reports of a man overboard from a ferry.
‘Despite a thorough and comprehensive search by two RNLI lifeboats, HM Coastguard’s search and other vessels in the area, nothing has been found.
‘The search has now been suspended, pending further information. It is now a missing person enquiry and will be handed over to the police.’
Rescue RHIBs were launched into the Solent but the crews were stood down this afternoon
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