Wightlink CEO Keith Greenfield

Wightlink Chief Executive Keith Greenfield has praised staff for their actions after a fire broke out on board one of its ferries last night (Tuesday).

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Speaking exclusively to Isle of Wight Radio’s Breakfast Show this morning, Mr Greenfield said a fire broke out in the engine room of the vessel on a sailing between Yarmouth and Lymington, beneath the car deck, as the ship approached the Isle of Wight.

Emergency crews were called to Yarmouth on Tuesday

Five fire engines and two support vehicles, including the aerial ladder, were called to the West Wight port. The Ambulance service was also called.

Island man, Jon Shears, was on board at the time:

Wight Sky. Credit: Oscar Johns / Shutterstock.com

The Yarmouth to Lymington service is expected to be out of service for most of today, while the Marine Accident Investigation Branch looks into what happened.

You can hear Mr Greenfield’s interview with Paul Topping, below:


*UPDATED 11.50am

*Wightlink says it Lymington-Yarmouth service is planned to resume this afternoon after a period of suspension.

A Wightlink spokesperson said:

“It is initially expected to be a two-hourly service using the Wight Light ferry 3pm, 5pm, 7.05pm and 9.05pm from Lymington and the 4.05pm, 6.05pm, 8.10pm and 9.50pm.

“Wightlink apologises to customers for the inconvenience caused to customers.

“The Marine Accident Investigation Board (MAIB) is investigating the incident on board Wight Sky.

“All customers with bookings on the Lymington-Yarmouth route this morning were rescheduled on to Wightlink’s Portsmouth-Fishbourne sailings.”