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Passengers stranded after a fire on board a ferry from North Shields to the Netherlands are being transferred to Hull to catch another ferry.
Around 250 passengers will travel from Hull to Rotterdam this evening on a P&O ferry.
Another 9 are travelling to Zeebrugge in Belgium.
There were 946 passengers and 127 crew on board the DFDS Seaways ferry when a fire was discovered in a cabin on Saturday evening.
Two men are still being questioned by police.
DFDS is paying for the alternative transport on P&O ferries.
The Rail Maritime and Transport General Secretary Bob Crow has thanked the emergency services following a ferry fire.
– Bob Crow, RMT
"RMT has nothing but praise for the calm and professional manner in which the workforce dealt with the emergency situation that unfolded in the North Sea last night.
"RMT would also like to express our thanks to the emergency services and the RAF whose swift and decisive actions in last night's dangerous conditions are a credit to their professions."
Steven Basford, 28, from Northumberland, was travelling to Amsterdam with his partner when the ferry set alight.
– Steven Basford, 28, from Northumberland
"We were in our room at about 10.40pm last night when they raised the general fire or emergency alarm with seven high pitched siren noises,
"We were told to evacuate outside the ship and when we got outside they asked us to converge around the lifeboats.
"The fire was on our floor but on the other side of the ship. When we climbed up to the communal area we could see the smoke. It wasn't thick but it was definitely noticeable.
"People were generally pretty calm. Obviously people had had a lot to drink. It's a bit of a party boat. Two big blokes started brawling."
Julie Bell and Shaun Richardson, from Washington, were on a weekend away.
– Julie Bell and Shaun Richardson, Washington
"It was like a scene from a movie, a chaotic mess, horrible. It was terrifying and I won't be travelling by boat again. I think I will stay in the UK from now on, it's a lot safer."
"There were lots of children with no socks or shoes on. They must have just got out of bed."
– Karl McMurrough, 18, from Pennywell, Sunderland
"We all got rushed on to the deck, there were helicopters, kids squealing, life jackets. They were telling us to keep calm but they weren't giving us any information."
"There were a few people going wild - no-one knew what was going on. I'm never going on a boat again, I'm horrified."
A DFDS spokesperson has apologised to customers who have been affected by a ferry fire.
– Gert Jakobsen, DFDS Seaways
"We are very sorry for those passengers who have not only been affected by the fire but now by these delays. 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."
Tina Gelder has the full story on the dramatic rescue of six people from a ferry in the North Sea. It's thought the fire onboard the King Seaways was caused by a smoker. Two men have been arrested.
Footage has been released of the dramatic rescue of six people from the King Seaways ferry off Flamborough Head. It was carried out by crews from RAF Leconfield, who airlifted the six - including a pregnant woman - to hospital in Scarborough.
Footage taken by a passenger onboard the King Seaways ferry shows passengers on deck awaiting instructions.
It has been revealed that four doctors, who were onboard the King Seaways ferry as passengers, helped to treat those who were affected by breathing in smoke.
Humber coastguard watch manager Graham Dawson said it was thanks to their efforts that so few people need to be airlifted to hospital.
He was also full of praise for the crew, whose training he said had "kicked in". He added that it was fortunate that the weather conditions were good and that if this had happened a few days earlier, during fierce storms, there could have been a very different outcome.