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Wightlink has suspended its Yarmouth to Lymington route this morning (Wednesday) following a fire on board a ferry last night.

A fire broke out on board Wightlink’s 9pm, beneath the car deck, as the ship approached the Isle of Wight.

Five fire engines and two support vehicles, including the aerial ladder, were called to the West Wight port.

Adam Richardson was at the scene last night. Listen below:

Wightlink said one crew member was taken to St Mary’s Hospital in Newport – and has now been discharged.

A Wightlink spokesperson said:

“On arrival, all passengers disembarked safely from the ferry in Yarmouth with their vehicles.

“A full investigation is underway and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed.

“Early morning sailings on the Lymington-Yarmouth route on Wednesday 13 September have been cancelled and customers transferred to Wightlink’s Portsmouth-Fishbourne service.

“This affects the 05:35, 06:40 and 07:45 sailings from Lymington and the 06:25, 07:50 and 08:50 from Yarmouth.”