Large air and sea rescue operation off Harwich

A large air and sea rescue operation is underway after reports that two people came off a ferry just off the Essex coast.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency says it happened just before 10am this morning about a mile out of Harwich, as the ferry was heading outbound.

RNLI lifeboats are also involved in the search, along with a number of other vessels including fishingboats and tug boats, that were in the area at the time.

The RAF search and rescue helicopter from Wattisham is also involved.

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