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Pregnant woman was among those rescued

A pregnant passenger was one of the six people airlifted to hospital off the ferry involved in last night's drama. She and five crew members were airlifted to hospital in Scarborough, it's thought all were suffering from breathing in smoke.

The MS King Seaways ferry, with 946 passengers 127 crew on board had left Newcastle for Amsterdam when a fire broke out in one of the passenger accommodation blocks. It is now back in Newcastle. The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Humber coastguard.

The crew did a magnificent job in putting the fire out. A fire at sea is a very serious matter and could easily have led to loss of lives.

– Humber coastguard watch manager Graham Dawson

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