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

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 fire was put out and the ship has carried on its journey. Credit: Brittany Ferries

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.

Brittany Ferries crews train regularly to deal with incidents at sea, and the company operates a dedicated fire incident training centre at its St Malo base in France. The crew immediately put this training into action and brought the fire under control. Brittany Ferries would like to apologise to all passengers affected – and for the disruption to their onward journeys.

– Brittany Ferries

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.