Dramatic sea rescue after man jumps overboard

INCIDENT Wightlink's Wight Ryder I Fast Cat
INCIDENT Wightlink's Wight Ryder I Fast Cat
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SHOCKED passengers looked on as a man jumped overboard on a Portsmouth-bound catamaran crossing.

The man climbed over railings on the Wight Ryder I Fast Cat and plunged into the Solent as the vessel made its approach into Portsmouth.

He was picked up by a passing yacht following the drama, which happened on the 6.47pm crossing from Ryde on Wednesday night.

A police launch was deployed and led the racing yacht into The Camber in Old Portsmouth where the man was treated by paramedics.

South Central Ambulance Service took the man to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham but a spokeswoman was unable to confirm the extent of his injuries.

FastCat operators Wightlink yesterday issued a statement on the incident.

It said: ‘A passenger climbed over the railings onboard Wight Ryder I and entered into the water on the vessel’s approach into Portsmouth.

‘The captain and crew followed all emergency procedures and the passenger was picked up by a passing yacht and taken to The Camber in Portsmouth where medical assistance was waiting.

‘A police launch was also in the area and accompanied the yacht to The Camber.’

Solent Coastguard confirmed the boat which rescued the man was a racing yacht called Electron 1.

Sailors plucked the man out of the water and took him to a waiting ambulance.

South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman Michelle Ullett said: ‘We were called at 7.10pm to East Street to reports of a fall at sea.

‘We sent a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance crew.

‘One patient was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital.’