WATCH: Witnesses speak of ‘commotion’ in search for man who ‘jumped’ from Wightlink ferry

WITNESSES to the ongoing search in Portsmouth Harbour for a man who ‘jumped overboard’ from a Wightlink ferry have spoken of the ‘commotion’.

Vincent Winstanley was walking along the beach when he noticed a helicopter in the skies.

A passenger 'jumped overboard' from a Wightlink Ferry

A passenger 'jumped overboard' from a Wightlink Ferry

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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.’

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 in the search for a man who Wightlink said was seen to jump from a ferry. 

Vincent added: ‘There were coastguards on the beach with binoculars and I saw the police boats launch as well.

‘A lot of people were curious as to what was happening and concerned.’

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A spokesperson from Wightlink Ferry said: ‘On the 10:30am St Cecilia car ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne a passenger was seen to jump overboard, just outside Portsmouth Harbour.

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