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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.

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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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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.

Four rescued after ferry blaze on the North Sea

Four people were winched to safety after suffering from smoke inhalation when a fire broke out on a North Sea ferry tonight, an RAF spokesman said.

Two RAF helicopters were scrambled to help injured passengers on the service around 30 miles east of Flamborough Head, near Scarborough.

Squadron Leader Dave Webster said: "The fire seems to have become quite well under control."

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