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Passenger falls from cruise ship off Isle of Wight

A passenger has reportedly fallen overboard from a cruise ship off the Isle of Wight.

The man is understood to have fallen into the water from the Ventura as it was returning to Southampton, Hampshire, from a two-week trip to the Mediterranean.

A Coastguard helicopter and RNLI lifeboats have been involved in the search of an area with a 25 nautical mile radius south of St Catherine's Point on the Isle of Wight.

The P&O ship, which can carry up to 3,200 passengers, retraced its route across the area to assist in the search.

A Coastguard spokeswoman said: "We have a lifeboat from Yarmouth searching along with a Coastguard helicopter and we are still broadcasting to all shipping to look out for anything in the water."

Steven Fagioli posted on the ship's Facebook page: "Late back, lost a passenger overboard last night. Search continuing with coastguards etc".

A P&O Cruises spokesman said: "Following reports of a missing person earlier this morning, Ventura conducted a full search of the area off the coast of the Isle of Wight.

"As a result of this search, which has now been handed over to the Coastguard as is usual in these instances, Ventura's scheduled arrival into Southampton this morning is delayed."


From Belfast Telegraph