Fire breaks out onboard Brittany Ferries ship sailing from Plymouth to Santander

The fire broke out on board Pont-Aven. Credit: Brittany Ferries

A Brittany Ferries ship was forced to make a detour after a fire broke out onboard as it carried nearly 800 passengers.

Crew on board its Pont-Aven vessel were alerted to the blaze in the engine room at just before 4am on Monday April 29.

The shop was crossing from Plymouth to Santander through and was scheduled to arrive at 11.15am. It later arrived in the port of Brest at 4pm.

The ship was carrying 766 passengers with 142 staff and no one was injured.

Brittany Ferries apologised to those on board and said "comprehensive checks" would be carried out when the ship arrived in Brest.

Pont-Aven entered service in 2004. She is the largest cruise-ferry in the Brittany Ferries fleet, carrying up to 2,400 passengers.

She serves routes between France and the UK, France and Ireland and the UK and Spain.