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Large sea search underway after person falls off DFDS ferry

The RNLI and Coastguard are currently searching the sea by boat and air after reports that a person has fell overboard.

The Coastguard and police helicopter is also assisting in the search after a passenger ferry reported that a person had gone overboard 35 miles from land.

A large scale search and rescue operation is underway off the coast of Tyneside after a ferry passenger was reported missing.

Just after 12.15pm today, HM Coastguard was notified of a missing passenger on a DFDS ferry that was on route from the Netherlands to North Shields, Tyneside.

HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Humberside is currently searching the area with Lifeboats from six RNLI stations including Filey, Scarborough, Whitby, Hartlepool, Tynemouth and Blythe.

Police Hour understands that one passenger was unaccounted for once the ferry returned to Newcastle From Amsterdam.

His luggage was there but he was unaccounted for, it is not known at what point the man has gone missing on the ship.

A source close to the coastguard has told Police Hour it is believed a man feel over the side of the ferry.

A Mayday relay broadcast has also been issued by HM Coastguard to inform all vessels in the area.  Northumbria Police have also been informed.

The search is ongoing and we have no further information at this stage.

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