WATCH: Footage shows scale of rescue operation in Portsmouth Harbour after man ‘jumps overboard’ from Wightlink ferry

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A rescue operation is underway in the Portsmouth Harbour area after a man ‘jumped overboard’ from a ferry. 

Footage recorded at the scene shows the huge scale of the mission to find the man which is underway today (August 29) 

Rescue operation is underway this afternoon

Rescue operation is underway this afternoon

Two RNLI Lifeboats, a HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lee-on-the-Solent and two coastguard rescue teams from Hillhead and Portsmouth are all involved in the rescue operation. 

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The passenger is believed to have ‘jumped’ overboard from a Wighlink ferry which had departed from Portsmouth harbour this morning. 

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.

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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.’