Major rescue operation launched over fears passenger fell overboard from Stena Line ferry

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A major rescue operation has been launched over fears a passenger fell overboard from a Stena Line ferry. A search is underway in the Belfast Lough.

Lagan Search & Rescue yesterday confirmed at around 10.30pm that it was on a callout.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) also later confirmed that a search was underway.

FlightRadar showed a Rescue 199 helicopter scanning the area shortly after midnight.

Aircraft monitor ScotMilAir noted in a post on Twitter that this was sent from Scotland and had been conducting a “low level search”.

Shortly before 2am, PSNI informed the public of its search.

It also advised members of the public to avoid the area.

The service said in a statement: “Police and other emergency services are currently involved in an ongoing search of the Belfast Lough area.

“There are no further details at this time and we are asking members of the public to avoid the area.”

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