Passenger falls overboard from cruise ship
Man falls overboard as cruise ship returns from two-week Mediterranean voyage
A passenger has fallen overboard from a cruise ship off the Isle of Wight.
The man is understood to have fallen into the water from the Ventura as it was returning to Southampton, Hampshire, from a two-week trip to the Mediterranean.
A and RNLI lifeboats have been involved in the search of an area with a 25 nautical mile radius south of St Catherine's Point on the Isle of Wight.
"Very sad situation and thoughts go out to the family involved. Our delay and inconvenience is insignificant in comparison."
Passenger Jenny Hill
AIS ship tracker - P&O Venture Search Pattern.
The P&O ship, which can carry up to 3,200 passengers, retraced its route across the area to assist in the search.
A Coastguard spokeswoman said: "We have a lifeboat from Yarmouth searching along with a Coastguard helicopter and we are still broadcasting to all shipping to look out for anything in the water."
Passenger Kieron Baker said: "I'm currently on board Ventura, travelling back to Southampton now. Had a fantastic 2 week cruise but this really has put a dampener on things. Atmosphere is sombre as you can imagine and my thoughts go out to the passengers family. So so sad."
Steven Fagioli posted on the ship's Facebook page: "Late back, lost a passenger overboard last night. Search continuing with coastguards etc".
Fellow passenger Jenny Hill wrote on Facebook: "I am on the Ventura now! Very sad situation and thoughts go out to the family involved. Our delay and inconvenience is insignificant in comparison."
A P&O Cruises spokesman said: "Following reports of a missing person earlier this morning, Ventura conducted a full search of the area off the coast of the Isle of Wight.
"As a result of this search, which has now been handed over to the Coastguard as is usual in these instances, Ventura's scheduled arrival into Southampton this morning is delayed."