Major search underway after reports of man falling off Wightlink ferry near Portsmouth Harbour
A SEARCH and rescue mission is currently underway after reports of man falling off a Wightlink ferry near Portsmouth Harbour.
Two RNLI lifeboats from Portsmouth, the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lee-on-the-Solent, and both Hillhead andÂ Portsmouth coastguard rescue teams are all involved.
It's understood the ferry was on the Portsmouth to Fishbourne route.
Harbour patrol vessels, a Royal Navy vessel, police boats and private boatsÂ are also assisting.
Aaron Gent from Portsmouth RNLI said: '˜The lifeboat is currently in service and searching for a person in the water.
'˜The lifeboatÂ was discharged at 10.52am in relation to the Isle of Wight ferry and in between the Portsmouth and Fishbourne route.'
HM Coastguard has also broadcast a relay to vessels in the area requesting they respond, and assist with the search.