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Coastguard helicopter and lifeboat launched to search for missing sailor
8:42am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
COASTGUARDS have stood down the search for a crewman who was reported as missing from a cruise ship heading to Southampton.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency received a call from the MSC Opera just before 6am today reporting the incident.
Search teams including coastguard helicopters from Lee-on-the-Solent and Portland along with the Bembridge and Selsey RNLI were deployed to search the area where the man was reported to have fallen from the MCA Opera.
The teams scoured the search area off the Isle of Wight, south east of St Catherine’s twice but found no trace of the man.
This afternoon the maritime and Coastguard Agency have confirmed that the search has been stood down.
Vessels in the area have been asked to keep a lookout for the missing man.
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