WATCH: Footage shows scale of rescue operation in Portsmouth Harbour after man '˜jumps overboard' from Wightlink ferry
A rescue operation is underway in the Portsmouth Harbour area after a man '˜jumped overboard' from a ferry.Â
Footage recorded at the scene shows the huge scale of the mission to find the man whichÂ is underway today (August 29)Â
Two RNLI Lifeboats, a HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lee-on-the-SolentÂ and two coastguard rescue teams from Hillhead andÂ PortsmouthÂ are all involved in the rescue operation.Â
The passenger is believed to have '˜jumped' overboard from a Wighlink ferry which had departed from Portsmouth harbour this morning.Â
A spokesperson from Wightlink Ferry said: '˜On the 10:30 St Cecilia car ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne a passenger was seen to jump overboard, just outside Portsmouth Harbour.
'˜The crew of St Cecilia deployed the ship's rescue boat and the Coastguard is now the lead authority on this matter, with a number ofÂ vessels assisting in the search.'
It is understood the ferry was on the Portsmouth to Fishbourne route.
Vincent Winstanley was walking along the beach when he noticed a helicopter in the skies.
The 68-year-old from Southsea said: '˜I saw the helicopter and then all these boats and the strangest thing of all was the ferry that had just stopped in the middle of the Solent.
'˜There was lots of commotion and boats all clearly looking for something.'