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.

Wednesday, 29th August 2018, 3:28 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:16 pm
Portsmouth Harbour. Picture Shaun Roster

Two RNLI lifeboats from Portsmouth, the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lee-on-the-Solent, and both Hillhead and 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 boats are also assisting.

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Portsmouth Harbour. Picture Shaun Roster

Aaron Gent from Portsmouth RNLI said: '˜The lifeboat is currently in service and searching for a person in the water.

'˜The lifeboat 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.