Emergency crews have been scrambled to the tackle a fire onboard a Wightlink ferry this evening that broke out just after the vessel departed at 7pm.
The fire alert comes nearly a year to date when a fire ripped through the engine room injuring an engineer.
Firefighters, Officers from Hampshire Constabulary and the UK coastguard have been mobilised to the incident that has broken out on the Wight Sky. It is understood that fire broke out mid crossing on route to Yarmouth. Emergency services are awaiting to board the vessel that has vehicles and passengers aboard.
The UK coastguard are currently coordinating the incident and working with the Isle of Wight Fire and rescue service. Five fire appliances from Freshwater,Yarmouth and Newport have been mobilised to the Incident. The Isle of Wight ambulance service have also sent resources. Coastguard teams from Ventnor and Neddles have been sent on behalf of the MCA. The MCA have this evening confirmed that they have launched an investigation Andy will be working with the fire service to investigate the incident.
The ferry Wight Sky is currently being escorted into the harbour by RNLI Yarmouth all Weather Lifeboat. No one onboard is understood to have been hurt. A source has revealed that the fire started in the engine room. Services from Yarmouth have been suspended for the rest of the evening.
Wightlink have issued the following statement as a result of this evening fire that saw one of it fleet crippled mid sailing: spokesperson for the company has said:
“The Wightlink ferry Wight Sky has been taken out of service this evening because of a technical problem on board the vessel. The ship’s engine room fire extinguishing system was deployed.
“It was the 18:20 sailing from Yarmouth with 117 passengers, 10 crew members and 30 vehicles on board. It returned safely to Yarmouth.
“No-one was hurt in the incident. All passengers disembarked in the usual way at Yarmouth and their vehicles have been unloaded. A fire engine and ambulance met Wight Sky on its return to Yarmouth and fire officers have been on board the vessel.
”Wightlink engineers will carry out a full investigation. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has been notified.
”This evening’s remaining services on that route were cancelled and customers have been re-scheduled on other sailings.
“There will be some disruption to customers booked on the Lymington-Yarmouth route on Monday morning”.