SPECIALISTS from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were winched out to a large car carrier which caught fire in the Solent.
The ARC Courage reported the fire to the UK Coastguard when it was 40 miles off the coast of Harwich at 10pm on Tuesday.
Crew members used an in-built CO2 system to flood a large area which they believed had put the fire out and continued their journey.
Experts from Hampshire Fire and Rescue service were winched aboard as it was towed into Southampton.
They were sent to look at where the CO2 was used to make sure it was safe for the pilot to get through to take the vessel alongside in Southampton.