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Lifeboat involved in major sea search

PUBLISHED: 10:20 02 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 05 July 2010

LOWESTOFT'S Lifeboat was called out this morning to help in the search for a missing crewman who is believed to have fallen overboard from a ferry.

The alarm was raised just before 6am after the person was confirmed missing on board the ferry, The Pride of Rotterdam.

LOWESTOFT'S Lifeboat was called out this morning to help in the search for a missing crewman who is believed to have fallen overboard from a ferry.

The alarm was raised just before 6am after the person was confirmed missing on board the ferry, The Pride of Rotterdam.

He was last seen at around midnight last night.

Crews from Wells, Gorleston, Caister, Cromer, Skegness and Lowestoft joined together in the co-ordinated search, but the Lowestoft vessel was called back at 11.30am as the search was scaled down.

Watch manager Peter Wheeler, of Yarmouth Coastguard, said: “The massive offshore search has been ongoing. We don't know when he went overboard and so a whole area of the sea has been searched.

“He was last seen at midnight and was missed at about 5am, so in the worst case it could have happened 10 hours ago, meaning it would be very unlikely he would be found alive.

“Eight lifeboats and two helicopters have been out and people are also searching all around the coast but we are beginning to reduce the search in certain areas. We will be winding down the search within the hour because the survivability becomes an issue.”

Each lifeboat and helicopter was given an area to search along the ferry's route and information was sought from the captain about when the man was last seen to enable them to focus the rescue effort.

Crews are also searching the coastline. The tide means that the person may have drifted some distance the sea, and this has also been taken into account. Coastguards are urging ships around the Norfolk coast to look carefully for anyone in the water.

The ferry, which was on passage from Rotterdam to The Humber, is now thought to be in the sea somewhere near Spurn Point at the entrance to the river Humber.

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