Search underway after passenger missing from ferry between the Netherlands and North Shields

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A 'large scale' search and rescue operation is underway off the North East coast.

It's after a passenger was reported missing from the DFDS ferry between the Netherlands and North Shields.

Just after 12.15pm today, HM Coastguard was notified of a missing passenger on a DFDS ferry that was on route from the Netherlands to North Shields, Tyneside.

HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Humberside is currently searching the area with Lifeboats from six RNLI stations including Filey, Scarborough, Whitby, Hartlepool, Tynemouth and Blyth.

A Mayday relay broadcast has also been issued by HM Coastguard to inform all vessels in the area. Northumbria Police have also been informed.

The search is ongoing and we have no further information at this stage.

– HM Coastguard statement

Northumbria Police have confirmed they are investigating.

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In a statement, DFDS said a passenger remains unaccounted for.

Princess Seaways arrived at the Port of Tyne this morning as scheduled at 9:45am, Thursday 8th March.

After completion of the passenger disembarkation, the routine inspection of the ship found luggage remaining in one passenger cabin.

A full search of the vessel and terminal was completed but the passenger remains unaccounted for.

Local authorities have been contacted as well as the Humber coastguard who have begun their Search and Rescue operation. The situation is now being handled by the UK Police.

– DFDS Statement