Two men arrested following North Sea ferry fire

Two men have been arrested following a fire on board a ferry in the North Sea - a 26-year-old man on suspicion of arson and a 28-year-old on suspicion of affray. Four crew members and two passengers were taken to hospital for treatment.

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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

Ferry company to help find passengers other crossings

Gert Jakobsen, a spokesman for ferry operator DFDS Seaways, said the company will try to help passengers forced to abandon their trip to Amsterdam find alternative crossings.

The DFDS Seaways ferry King Seaways, berthed at the Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal at Newcastle Ferry Port. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

"We are very sorry for those passengers who have not only been affected by the fire but now by these delays," he said.

"We are looking at how we can help them.

"The cabin that was burnt is very damaged and there has been some smoke damage to surrounding cabins but the ship's function has not been affected in any way and is safe to travel."

According to the DFDS Seaways website, the 26-year-old vessel has room for over 1,500 passengers and 600 cars. It was renovated in 2006.

It offers entertainment including restaurants, bars, a nightclub and a casino.

Passengers leave ferry terminal after North Sea fire

Passengers have begun to leave the Port of Tyne ferry terminal after disembarking the MS King Seaways following a fire on board.

Passengers gather outside the Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal at Newcastle Ferry Port Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Two men have been arrested - a 26-year-old man on suspicion of arson and a 28-year-old man on suspicion of affray - following the incident. The ferry was on its way to Holland when the incident happened.

Passengers leave the terminal following the ferry fire. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Two men arrested following North Sea ferry fire

Two men have been arrested by Northumbria Police following a fire on board a ferry in the North Sea.

We received reports from the coastguard at around 12.05am today of a suspected arson on board a ferry in the North Sea. Officers from Northumbria Police are working with DFDS Seaways and others helping to assist with the situation. Two men have been arrested - a 26-year-old man on suspicion of arson and 28-year-old man on suspicion of affray. They are helping us with our inquiries.

– Northumbria Police spokesperson

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Passengers leave ferry

Passengers on a ferry, that left North Shields bound for Amsterdam, have begun disembarking following a fire onboard.

MS King Seaways left North Shields last night, 40 miles down the coast at Flamborough Head the ferry alarm was forced to return to shore when a fire broke out.

An RAF spokesman has said that a call for rescue for a ferry blaze on the North Sea came in at around 10.40pm for RAF assistance, adding that they thought that 23 people would need to be winched to safety after they had breathed in smoke.

Passengers wait to leave fire hit North Sea ferry

Passenger Steven Basford tweeted this photograph of passengers waiting to get off King Seaways ferry following a fire on board, which left six people needing hospital treatment.

Police question passengers over ferry blaze

Police are questioning passengers on a North Sea ferry to establish how a fire started which led to an emergency rescue.

Six people had to be winched off the ship after they breathed in smoke. One passenger suspected of starting the fire in a cabin room has been detained on board.

Northumbria Police are now believed to be dealing with the incident.

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