Major search operation begins for woman believed to have gone overboard from ferry

Major search operation begins for woman believed to have gone overboard from ferry

A major search operation is underway

Friday, December 2, 2016

A major search operation is underway for a woman believed to have fallen from a ferry in the Irish Sea.

The alarm was raised just after 8.15am this morning, when the Isle of Inishmore ferry reported that a female passenger was believed to have gone overboard.

The ferry was travelling from Pembroke in Wales to Rosslare in County Wexford, where it is currently berthed.

The UK Coastguard is leading a massive air and sea search and has sent its helicopter based at St Athan to help.

Two Irish Coastguard helicopters are also assisting and are currently searching the area alongside the Tenby, Llansteffan and St Govans Coastguard Rescue Teams, Angle inshore and all weather lifeboats as well as a Port Authority vessel.

An alert has been sent to all boats passing through the area and Dyfed Powys Police and the Police Service of Northern Ireland are also involved.