April 2, 2012 – A woman is believed to have fallen overboard on the Condor Rapide Fast Ferry last night as it made its way from Guernsey to Poole in Dorset in the UK.
The ferry had begun its journey at Jersey and had departed from Guernsey at 16.15. It was due to arrive in Poole at 19:15. Lifeboats and aircraft were used to search for the woman.
“We have searched the route of the ship and the areas where our search planning expertise indicate a person might have been carried by the tide,” said Nigel Robson, Portland Coastguard Watch manager. “Sadly, we have found no-one.
The Portland Coastguard suspended the search at 22:00.
A posting on the Condor Ferries’ website stated: “The passenger was unable to be found and the Pan Pan was upgraded to a Mayday. A further update will be issued, when more information is available.”
Condor Ferries operates a year-round service connecting the UK through Poole, Weymouth and Portsmouth, the Channel Islands through Guernsey and Jersey and the ports of St Malo and Cherbourg in France.