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VIDEO: Coastguard Helicopter Rescues Passenger Overboard from Wightlink Ferry

By ,   September 12, 2019 ,   Accidents

A man was retrieved alive from the sea by a Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter after going overboard from a Wightlink-owned ferry serving the route between Great Yarmouth (Norfolk, England) and Lymington (Hampshire, England).

According to ship's AIS tracking, the accident occurred about halfway across the Solent at ~11:20 am on Wednesday, September 11, as the ferry Wight Light travelled towards Isle of Wight, departing from Lymington at 11:00 am.

Ship’s crew launched a rescue boat to assist the passenger but Coastguard Rescue 175 was quickly on the scene, dispatched from Dorset. The man was swiftly winched on board and flown to Southampton General Hospital. His condition is unknown.

Due to the emergency incident, a number of scheduled crossings on the Yarmouth-Lymington route were cancelled - departures 14:05, 16:05 and 18:05 (from Yarmouth) and 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00 (from Lymington).