A large scale search and rescue operation is underway off the coast of Tyneside after a ferry passenger was reported missing.
UK Coastguard was notified of a missing passenger on a DFDS ferry that was on route from the Netherlands to North Shields, Tyneside.
Over 30 RNLI volunteers are currently hunting for the man, aged in his 60s, after he disappeared at around 12.15pm.
The UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Humberside is currently searching the area with Lifeboats from six RNLI stations including Filey, Scarborough, Whitby, Hartlepool, Tynemouth and Blythe.
A Mayday relay broadcast has also been issued by HM Coastguard to inform all vessels in the area. Northumbria Police have also been informed.
The search is ongoing and we have no further information at this stage.