Kent Police investigate cruise ship man's disappearance

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The Balmoral is the largest ship in the Fred Olsen fleet

Police are investigating the disappearance of a passenger who may have fallen overboard from a cruise ship in the English Channel on Monday.

The 79-year-old British man was reported missing from the Fred Olsen liner Balmoral about 45 miles (72km) south of The Lizard in Cornwall.

An air and sea search involving British and French coastguards and warships was called off on Monday evening.

Officers from Kent Police boarded the ship when she berthed at Dover.

The man was, who has not been named, was on a three-week cruise in the Adriatic.

Members of the ship's crew carried out a thorough search of the vessel without success.

A French coastguard fixed-wing plane and a French warship searched the area.

Coastguards in Devon, a coastguard helicopter from Dorset and the Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster were also involved in the search.

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