Missing ferry passenger search

The search for a woman believed to have fallen overboard from a Condor Rapide ferry from Guernsey to Poole has been suspended.

Search for passenger missing from Condor Rapide ferry called off

The search for a passenger missing from a Condor Rapide Fast Ferry Ferry travelling from Guernsey to Poole has been suspended.

Nigel Robson, Portland Coastguard Watch manager, said:

"We have searched the route of the ship and the areas where our search planning expertise indicate a person might have been carried by the tide."Sadly, we have found no-one.

"It's now been five hours since the person was reported missing and because of the water temperature and difficulty of searching in the dark, we have now called off the search."

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Search continues for passenger overboard in English Channel

An air and sea search is still underway for a passenger who is believed to have fallen overboard from a passenger ferry travelling from Guernsey to Poole in Dorset.

"At 5.35pm today crew were made aware of a possible missing person situation onboard Condor Rapide. The captain raised a Pan Pan with the coastguard and a full search was conducted of the vessel.

"The passenger was unable to be found and the Pan Pan was upgraded to a Mayday.

Condor Rapide is currently engaged in searching the area where the passenger is believed to have gone missing, and Portland Coastguard is co-ordinating. The Portland Coastguard helicopter has been scrambled and other vessels in the area are participating in the search. The ferry was en route from Guernsey to Poole.

– Spokesman for Condor Ferries