Rescue operation off Harwich coast 'stood down'

Stena Britannica Credit: Stena Line

A major air and sea rescue operation has been stood down after reports that two people went overboard from a Stena Britannica ferry off the Essex coast this morning.

The Coastguard says they had a call just before 10am this morning from a witness saying they'd seen two people go overboard.

RNLI lifeboats were involved in the search, along with a number of other vessels including fishing and tug boats.

The RAF search and rescue helicopter from Wattisham was also used. A search was carried out along the shoreline as well.

The Coastguard is satisfied that it has carried out a full search and unless new information comes out, the units have been stood down.

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