Ferry firm runs annual emergency exercise

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AN EMERGENCY exercise is due to take place on a ferry today.

MV Normandie is set to be on its way to Portsmouth before a smoke detector activates at 11am and crew evacuate passengers from cabins.

The full exercise will lead the crew to find a dummy ‘body’ in one of the cabins.

Passengers will be met in Portsmouth by the Brittany Ferries care team.

Each year Brittany Ferries tests out its procedures to make sure everything is ready in case of a real emergency.

Two observers from the Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre, at Lee-on-the-Solent, will be on board.

Port Police, the Port Authority, the contingency planning department of Portsmouth City Council, and the Marine and Coastguard Agency press office in Southampton are all involved.

The press office will put out tweets on the social media site Twitter and use a dedicated website for the exercise.

Staff at the firm said they are grateful to the police, coastguard, port authority and council.