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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.

Passenger ‘forced to evacuate outer deck’

A passenger on the ferry which has been forced to dock after a fire started on board has described the scenes on the ship.

Olivia Elliott told Sky News: "We were all sat upstairs when the alarm went off and the captain came on the tannoy and told us to evacuate to the outer deck because there was a fire.

"We were out there for about 40 minutes and then we had to wait in the nightclub area.

"We are now back in our rooms. We don't know when we will be allowed to leave the ship."


Police pictured arriving at ferry terminal after fire

Sky News correspondent Gerard Tubb has posted pictures of police vans arriving at the DFDS ferry terminal after a fire broke out on a passenger ferry on the North Sea.

Ship staff detain passenger over ferry blaze

A passenger suspected of starting a fire on board a ferry in the North Sea sparking an emergency evacuation has been detained by ship staff, Humberside Police have said. Inspector Andrew Dixon said:

At approximately 11pm the Maritime and Coastguard agency informed Humberside Police that a passenger ferry en route from Newcastle to Holland had suffered an incident whereby a passenger is believed to have set fire to a cabin.

It is unknown if the fire was started deliberately or accidentally. As a result of this incident the person suspected of causing the fire, or the person from the cabin where the fire occurred, be it deliberate or accidental, has been detained by ship staff and the ship was returning to its dock in Newcastle.

Six taken to hospital after ferry fire on the North Sea

Two passengers and four crew members have been taken to hospital after a fire broke out on board a ferry on the North Sea, ferry company DFDS Seaways said tonight.

In a statement, a spokeswoman said:

Yesterday, Saturday 28 December, a fire broke out in a passenger cabin on the DFDS Seaways cruise ferry King Seaways, which was en route from Newcastle to Amsterdam.

We can confirm that there were 946 passengers and 127 crew members onboard. Fifteen passengers and eight crew members are reported to have suffered from smoke-related injuries. They have been checked by a doctor onboard, and two passengers and four crew members have been taken ashore by helicopter for further medical assistance at a local hospital in the UK.


Ferry returns to North Shields after rescue mission

A passenger ferry on the North Sea in which seven people were rescued from after a fire broke out is now on its way back to the International Ferry Terminal at North Shields, Tyneside, where the damage will be assessed, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has said.

Spokeswoman Jo Rawlings said:

The ferry is now returning to port and is due to arrive back in North Shields between 4am and 5am.

All helicopters and life boats involved have been stood down, however Humber Coastguard is in constant contact with the ferry and an RAF helicopter is on stand-by should it need further assistance.

Six crew members and passenger rescued from ferry

Six crew members and a passenger have been airlifted to hospital after a fire on board a ferry approximately 30 miles north east of Flamborough Head, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has said.

MS Kings Seaways reported that they had a fire in one of the passenger accommodation blocks, but it had been brought under control and was now out.

Seven rescued from passenger ferry on the North Sea

Seven people were rescued off a North Sea ferry after breathing in smoke when a fire broke out 30 miles from land, the Coastguard said.

DFDS Seaways ferry King Seaways. Credit: Robert Cutts

The MS King Seaways had 946 passengers on board and a crew of 127 when a fire broke out in one of the passenger accommodation blocks soon after 10pm last night.

Bev Allen, Watch Manager at Humber Coastguard, said: "We have been in close contact with the MS King Seaways this evening and sent resources to assist in the evacuation of those passengers and crew that were showing signs of smoke inhalation.

"We are now in discussion with the ferry to decide the next best course of action."

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