Wightlink ferry engine catches fire in early hours blaze

Firefighters at the scene this morning. Picture: Hampshire Fire and Rescue
Firefighters at the scene this morning. Picture: Hampshire Fire and Rescue
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A Wightlink ferry caught on fire in the early hours of this morning. 

The 6.25am Wight Sky service was travelling from Yarmouth to Lymington when an engine fire broke out. 

The ferry had nine crew members and 43 passengers on board when the blaze started but there were no injuries.

The 17 vehicles on board the Wight Sky disembarked at Lymington.

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A Wightlink spokeswoman said: ‘Immediately after the alarm was raised on Wight Sky on arrival at Lymington, the Master activated the ship’s fire suppressant service which was effective.

‘Wightlink has suspended the service between Lymington and Yarmouth but plans to resume sailings on the route on Sunday afternoon, subject to an inspection visit by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

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‘All customers scheduled to travel on the route today and tomorrow have been notified and rebooked on Wightlink’s Portsmouth-Fishbourne service.

‘The engine affected by the fire was brand new and installed on Wight Sky during refit this autumn by the manufacturers’ agent. Up until this morning, it had been in operation for 390 hours.’ 

Firefighters were called to help battle the blaze on board the Wight Sky this morning, with four fire engines being dispatched to Lymington ferry terminal.