Coastguards co-ordinating the search for a man feared to have gone overboard from an Isle of Wight ferry said a body has been found in the Solent.
A search and rescue operation was carried out overnight in the Solent
The passenger boarded the 2330 GMT Red Funnel service from East Cowes to Southampton but never disembarked. His belongings were found on board.
A lifeboat crew found a man's body in the water near Cowes in the morning.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the 42-year-old, of Southampton, was the only passenger travelling on foot.
The Solent Coastguard rescue helicopter, the Calshot, Lymington and Yarmouth RNLI life boats and the Cowes independent lifeboat searched the central and western Solent and the River Medina overnight.
A post-mortem examination will take place before the man can be formally identified, police said.