Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Ferry passenger goes overboard in Channel

Share this article

Ferry passenger goes overboard in Channel
The ship was crossing the Channel from Calais in France to Dover in Britain when the passenger fell into the sea. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP
12:06 CET+01:00
Rescue workers said on Thursday they had searched extensively for the passenger of a cross-channel ferry who fell overboard overnight off the English coast, to no avail so far.

The ship, which belongs to P&O Ferries, was crossing the Channel from Calais in France to Dover in Britain when the unidentified passenger fell into the sea, prompting a five-hour search operation, the French National Sea Rescue Society said.

According to P&O Ferries, the "Pride of Kent" ferry was just under 10 kilometres (six miles) away from the English coast when a passenger alerted the crew that another person had gone overboard.

The company said it could not yet determine whether the fall was accidental or intentional.

Four British and French lifeboats, a Royal Air Force helicopter and another P&O ferry launched a search for the passenger between 0200 GMT and 0700 GMT Thursday, to no avail.

Search operations have been suspended for now.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.
Advertisement

From our sponsors

Change the world with a master's degree from Sweden's Linköping University

Master's students at world-leading Linköping University (LiU) aren't there simply to study. They solve real-world problems alongside experts in fields that can create a better tomorrow. Do you have what it takes to join them?

Advertisement