Woman Rescued After Fall from Ferry

5 June 2010, 07:37 | Updated: 5 June 2010, 07:46

A woman has been rescued after falling from a cross channel ferry as it sailed towards the Port of Dover.

An RAF helicopter was used to search for the woman who was reported over board from the Pride of Calais vessel at 8.11pm on Friday (4th June).

Peter Legg, Senior Watch Manager, Dover Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, said: "The ferry's fast rescue craft was deployed and the casualty was recovered from the water within 10 minutes.

"The casualty is a French woman in her early forties and is suffering from hypothermia; on arrival into Dover Harbour the casualty was transferred to a waiting ambulance."

On the same night, coastguards also helped search for a diver who had gone missing from a boat that was about 6 miles from the Kent coast.

A rescue helicopter was able to work out where he might have been taken by the tide and four boats used by workers on the Thanet wind farm helped in the search.

The diver was found and didn't need any further medical attention.