Major search for missing cruise ship passenger called off

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A MAJOR search carried out with the help of helicopters from Lee-on-the-Solent after a passenger of a cruise ship was believed to have gone overboard has been called off.

P&O cruise ship Ventura was returning to Southampton when a male passenger went missing as the ship passed the Isle of Wight in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Two lifeboats were deployed from Bembridge and Yarmouth to search for the passenger.

Helicopters from Lee-on-the-Solent and Dorset also joined the search.

A statement on the P&O Facebook page said: ‘Following reports of a missing person earlier this morning, Ventura conducted a thorough search of the area off the coast of the Isle of Wight.

‘As a result of this search, which has now been handed over to the coastguard as is usual in these instances.’

A spokesman from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the incident was called off this morning.