Major seach operation underway for missing ferry passenger in the Irish Sea

A major search operation is underway this morning (Friday 2 December) for a passenger missing from the Irish ferry ‘Isle of Inishmore’.

UK Coastguard was contacted just after 8.15am by the ferry who reported that a female passenger was missing and believed to have gone overboard.  The ferry is currently in Rosslare having left Pembroke the previous evening.

The UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at St Athan and an Irish Coastguard helicopter are currently searching the area along with the Tenby, Llansteffan and St Govans Coastguard Rescue Teams,  Angle inshore and all weather lifeboats and a Port Authority vessel.  Dyfed Powys Police and Ireland's National Police Service are also involved in the search operation.

A Mayday relay broadcast has been issued by UK Coastguard for all vessels passing through the area.  So far nothing has been found.

The search operation is continuing and we have no further information to release at this stage.

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