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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Cumbrian passengers caught up in ferry fire

Cumbrians were among hundreds of ferry passengers caught up in a rescue after a fire on board the ship.

Two men were arrested following the incident at about 11pm on Saturday.

Two crew members and four passengers had to be winched off the North Sea ferry after they breathed in smoke when the blaze broke out in a cabin room 30 miles from land.

About 946 passengers were on board the vessel which was sailing to Amsterdam. It was forced to return to Newcastle where passengers were able to begin leaving the ferry yesterday morning.

RAF helicopters from Leconfield near Hull and Boulmer, Northumberland, were scrambled to the vessel along with RNLI lifeboats from Bridlington and Filey. Gert Jakobsen, a spokesman for ferry operator DFDS Seaways, said he expected the injured crew and passengers who had been flown to Scarborough Hospital to be released last night.

A further 15 passengers and eight crew members were treated by doctors for smoke-related injuries on board the ship.

He said the company would try to help passengers forced to abandon their trip to Amsterdam find alternative crossings.

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police confirmed that a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson and a 28-year-old man on suspicion of affray.

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