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Missing person investigation continues after Belfast Lough search stood down

A major search and rescue operation in Belfast Lough has been stood down.
Allan Preston

POLICE said last night that an investigation into a missing person is continuing after a major search operation in Belfast Lough on Sunday.

It follows reports that a man had gone overboard from a Stena Line ferry bound from Cairnryan to Belfast around 9.30pm on Saturday.

Yesterday, a spokesperson from Belfast Harbour Police said an investigation into “a high-risk missing person” was ongoing.

The alarm was raised by a fellow passenger, with the ferry's own fast rescue craft deployed.

Emergency crews were soon dispatched from the Coastguard, Lagan Search and Rescue as well as the RNLI.

Joining the search was a Coastguard helicopter from Prestwich as well as a rescue plane.

A spokesperson for RNLI Bangor said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the person involved, who continue to hope for positive news.”

On Sunday the coastguard said it was no longer involved in the operation which has now been reserved for police.

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