UPDATE: Large scale multi-agency search operation for missing man in River Mersey

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A large scale, multi-agency search operation was launched at 9:15am this morning after reports of two men shouting for help in the River Mersey near Woodside Ferry Terminal.

Credit: Phil Owen

A man, 22, was recovered from the water soon after by a rescue boat and was taken to hospital. It is believed he is conscious and breathing.

Credit: Phil Owen

An extensive multi-agency search operation was launched to look for the second person between Monks Ferry and New Brighton.

Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team, Crosby Coastguard Rescue Team, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, RNLI North West Lifeguards and Jet ski, Merseyside Police, Hoylake Lifeboat, New Brighton Lifeboat, Marine Fire One, Police helicopter, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 936 and the Ambulance HART Team along with an Environment Agency vessel all worked together to conduct the search lasting 6 hours.

Police Divers also assisted with an underwater search.

Following a lengthy and in depth search, all teams were stood down at 3:10pm. Sadly, the second person remains missing.

Credit: Pete Allcock

Mersey Ferry services were suspended at the request of emergency services, and resumed shortly after mid day, but at the moment they are not calling at Woodside.