There has been a fire on board a Wightlink ferry this morning (Friday).
Wightlink’s Lymington to Yarmouth service is currently suspended following the incident.
The incident happened while it was berthed at Lymington.
A Wightlink spokesperson said:
“Wightlink’s Lymington to Yarmouth service is currently suspended following a fire on board its ferry Wight Sky while in berth at Lymington earlier this morning (Friday).
“All customers and crew were disembarked safely with no injuries.
“We will update you when we have more information.”
*A Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire Service spokesperson said:
“We currently have five appliances on scene from Hampshire, along with four special units.
The fire is contained to the engine room and the temperature is being monitored while suppression is in use.”
Coastguard are also on scene.
Due to an incident on a ferry at Lymington ferry terminal, the ferry is likely to be out of action for most of today. HFRS are dealing. An update will be provided when known.
— Hampshire Police (@HantsPolice) December 14, 2018
**Wightlink has tweeted to say:
“Our Lym to Yar service is currently suspended after a fire on board the Wight Sky while in berth at Lym this morning. Everyone disembarked the ship safely, with no injuries. Customers booked to travel are being redirected to Ports or Fish. We’ll keep you updated with information.”
This is the third fire on a Wightlink ferry in 15 months.
In September 2017, a man was left with post-traumatic stress disorder after being “momentarily engulfed in a ball of fire.”
An incident in August on Wight Sky is also being investigated by the MAIB. On that occasion, 119 passengers had to be evacuated.