Wightlink ferries facing delays after man '˜jumps overboard' outside Portsmouth Harbour

Passengers on Wightlink ferries are facing delays of up to 30 minutes this afternoon after a man '˜jumped overboard' outside Portsmouth Harbour.Â

Wednesday, 29th August 2018, 3:14 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th August 2018, 3:21 pm

The ferry service has warned passengers that both the car ferry and the FastCat services are being disrupted today. 

A man is said to have '˜jumped overboard' from a Wightlink service outside Portsmouth Harbour this morning. 

A major rescue operation including two lifeboats, a helicopter and multiple coastguard rescue teams were involved in the search. 

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Wightlink has said that the Portsmouth to Fisbourne services are being delayed by up to 30 minutes while the FastCat to Ryde is delayed by up to 20 minutes. 

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 of 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.'

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