Wightlink has confirmed that its Wight Sky ferry has been taken out of service tonight (Sunday) because the ship’s engine room fire extinguishing system was deployed.
The 18:20 sailing to Lymington was carrying 117 passengers, 10 crew members and 30 vehicles. The cross-Solent firm says the vessel returned safely to Yarmouth and no-one was hurt in the incident.
In a statement, Wightlink says:
“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.”
Wightlink has apologised and is urging affected passengers to check emails and Wightlink’s website for further information, however there did not appear to be any updates as of 10pm.