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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.

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."


RAF downgrades rescue to four in North Sea ferry blaze

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.

But that figure was downgraded to four people, and they were thought to have been lifted off the vessel well within an hour by a crew from RAF Leconfield near Hull.

A second helicopter from RAF Boulmer, Northumberland, was due to arrive around 11.30pm and was expected to stay close to the vessel on stand-by. He said the operation was being co-ordinated by the Humber Coastguard.

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