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Firefighters from across the Isle of Wight are on standby in Yarmouth after a fire on Wightlink’s Wight Sky ferry and the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service says the situation is being monitored with thermal imaging cameras.

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The 18.20 sailing to Lymington, with 119 people on board, was forced to turn back to the Isle of Wight earlier this evening (Sunday). **UD** Wightlink has since issued a statement saying 117 passengers were on board, along with 10 crew and 30 vehicles.

Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service crews from Freshwater, Newport, East Cowes and Cowes were called to Yarmouth just before 7pm.

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All except Cowes remain on scene, says the fire service.

All passengers were safely evacuated and firefighters and Wightlink staff have been unloading vehicles from the boat’s car deck.

In September 2017, one crew member was caught-up in a fireball in the engine room on board Wight Sky. A report was published into the incident, as Isle of Wight Radio reported, in July.

In tonight’s latest incident, the cross-Solent firm told passengers via Twitter of a “technical problem”.

Wightlink says it has a “technical problem”

**UPDATED AT 23.23**

Six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using two hoses opened the sealed forward engine room, after an earlier fire on boat Wight Sky.

They reactivated the installed high-pressure fog system, which uses water mist to fight fires on boats.

Crews also used jets to cover colleagues and fans were used to disperse smoke, says Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue.

The incident was stood down at 10.17pm.