Alan Stafford named as man found dead in Portsmouth Harbour after falling from Wightlink Ferry: Here's everything we know so farÂ
The man who died after falling from a Wightlink ferry in Portsmouth Harbour has been named as Alan Stafford.Â
TheÂ 58-year-old, of Craneswater Park, Southsea, was a BAE SystemsÂ port operator based at Portsmouth's Naval Base.
His family have paid tribute to '˜lovely' Big Al '“Â as he was also known.Â
Here is everything we know so far:Â
Man reported missing
A major rescue operation was launched in Portsmouth Harbour on the morning of August 29 after reports that a man had fallen from a Wightlink service.Â
The ferry was heading to Fishbourne in the Isle of Wight.Â
The man's fellow passengers alert staff on the ferry that he had gone overboard at 10.30am.Â
Two RNLI lifeboats from Portsmouth joined forces with two Ministry of Defence police vessels and the Coastguard helicopter from Lee-on-the-Solent to search Portsmouth Harbour for the man after the authorities were alerted.Â
BothÂ Hillhead andÂ Portsmouth coastguard rescue teams were alsoÂ involved.
At one point during the rescue operation todayÂ a desperate plea was sent out by the coastguard, which begged for more vessels in the area to join the hunt, with a number of craft heeding the plea.
However the mission was called off by the RNLI after three hours.
And the man was reported as being missing.Â
Body found in harbour
Emergency services were called to Portsmouth Harbour on Monday (September 3) morning to reports that a body had been found.Â
The first emergency call-out came at 7.16am withÂ Hampshire and Ministry of Defence police officers being called to the scene.Â
A lifeboat from the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service was also called out to help.Â
Later in the morning it was confirmed that a body had been found in the water close to Haslar Wall in Gosport.
The body was handed over to Hampshire Constabulary whoÂ identified the man as a 58-year-old man from Southsea.
The death is not being treated as being suspicious.Â
Tributes paid to '˜Big Al'Â
Alan Stafford's family confirmed that he was the man whose body was found in Portsmouth Harbour.Â
Fondly known as Big Al orÂ Algie, the 58-year-old is survived byÂ five sisters Tricia Trevett, Chrissy Adams, Lesley Toovey, Kate Upsall, and Suzy Louth, who have been devastated by his death.
His family have paid tribute to him calling him '˜lovely' andÂ a '˜kind-hearted, gentle and caring' man.Â