Shipping & Shipbuilding News -  02 December 2008- The Brightest Maritime Daily

Massive sea search for missing crewman
Crewman from PRIDE OF ROTTERDAM reported overboard...

Yarmouth Coastguard launched a major search operation off the East coast of England this morning after a crewman was reported missing from the ferry Pride Of Rotterdam on route from Holland to Hull.

Yarmouth Coastguard received a call at 5am from the Pride Of Rotterdam reporting that a crew member was missing and had not been seen since midnight. The ferry was on route from Holland overnight and making its way towards the entrance to the River Humber presenting a very large search area stretching approximately 100 nautical miles from just East of Lowestoft up to the River Humber.

A large number of search and rescue units were launched; six RNLI lifeboats from Humber, Gorleston, Lowestoft, Cromer, Cleethorpes, Wells and Skegness, the independent lifeboat from Caister, RAF Rescue Helicopters 125 from Wattisham and 128 from Leconfield. Six Coastguard Teams have also been searching a long stretch of coastline in case the crew member had made it to shore. Coastguard Rescue Teams involved are Cleethorpes, Donna Nook, Winterton, Cromer, Mundesley and Happisburgh.

Yarmouth Coastguard Watch Manager Peter Wheeler said,

"An extensive search has been undertaken by many rescuers today involved in this operation. Unfortunately, hopes of finding the crewman from the ferry are fading and with the sea temperature of 10 degrees centigrade there is limited survival time in the water at this time of year."


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