Man Falls Overboard From Cruise Ship – Search Still On
On Saturday, 10th October 2015 at around 03:00 hrs, the crew on board cruise Ship Ventura got wind of a passenger having fallen overboard. The ship that was on its return journey toward Southampton after a two-week Mediterranean cruise changed course off the coast of the Isle of Wright. The 2008 build Ventura is one of the largest cruise ships built for the British market, at 116,017 tonnes and it has 1,550 cabins. She was carrying 3,192-passengers during this voyage.
Soon the UK coastguards were also involved in the search for the missing passenger. Two lifeboats were initially deployed from nearby villages -Bembridge and Yarmouth. Ventura had left Southampton on September 27th and was on her way back after a 14 night Mediterranean itinerary. A radius covering 25 nautical miles south of St. Catherine’s Point on the Isle of Wright was searched using helicopters from Portland, Dorset, and Lee-on-on-the-Solent, Hants.
The Ventura retraced its route to return to homeport of Southampton. She was delayed by a few hours than the given scheduled time of arrival. The vessel reportedly started on yet another of her chartered cruise trips on October 11. Coast guards continue to search for the missing man.
Source: The Telegraph