Helicopter rescues ferry passenger who fell overboard

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HM Coastguard’s rescue helicopter (Photo: stock image)

A MAN was pulled from the Solent by a helicopter after falling overboard from the Lymington ferry.

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HM Coastguard’s rescue helicopter was despatched from Lee-on-Solent to pluck the man from the sea after he fell in from Wightlink’s 11.15am sailing to Yarmouth on Wednesday.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital. There has been no confirmation as to his condition.

A spokeswoman for HM Coastguard told the A&T on Wednesday: “Just before 11.30am today HM Coastguard received a VHF radio call reporting a person in the water between Lymington and Yarmouth and requesting assistance.

“The HM Coastguard search-and-rescue helicopter from Lee-on-Solent was already in the area and was sent to the scene. The person was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital.”

A Hampshire police spokesman added: “We were made aware by the HM Coastguard at 11.44am this morning of a man in the water between Lymington and Yarmouth.

“Officers have conducted enquiries in relation to this and no criminal offences have been identified.”

A Wightlink spokeswoman said 10 sailings – five round-trips – had been cancelled as a result of the emergency.

She added: “I can confirm that on our 11.15am service from Lymington to Yarmouth on our vessel Wight Light there was a man-going-overboard incident.”

Wightlink was hoping to recover crossings, she said, and ferry users should use Wight-link’s website for live updates on the situation.

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