Rescuers sea search for missing Brit after fall from ferry in Spain

MISSING BRIT AFTER FERRY FALL: Salvamento Maritimo warned that the temperature of the water makes the survival period short. File image. Photo credit: Twitter / @salvamentogob

SEA rescuers are searching for a 30-year-old British man who allegedly fell overboard Hypatia ferry as it was making a crossing between Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza this morning (Friday).

According to Salvamento Maritimo, the family of the missing man notified the ship’s crew that he had disappeared at around 7.10am.

It was immediately assumed he had fallen into the sea, and at 8am, the crew contacted the Guardia Civil, the Port Authorities and the maritime rescue to help locate the man.

The Helimer 215 Maritime Rescue helicopter, the Salvamar Acrux and Guardamar Caliope vessels, a French plane that responds to distress calls, a SAR aircraft of the Air Force and another helicopter of the Guardia Civil were mobilised.

Salvamento Maritimo warned that the temperature of the water makes the survival period short, but assured the search will continue until sunset.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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