Ferry Wight Sky caught fire in engine room off Yarmouth, UK. The vessel is performing Wightlink’s Yarmouth to Lymington car ferry service, but at the approach to Isle of Wight the diesel generator overheated and started smoking. The accident developed into fire in engine room. The crew started firefighting and tried to stop the flames to extending into the cars and passengers compartments. The crew informed local authorities and the ferry was allowed to dock in the terminal, disembarking all the passengers and their vehicles.
Emergency services were mobilised to Yarmouth Harbour. Needles Coastguard Rescue Team, Police, ambulance crews, 5 fire appliances, an aerial ladder platform and the rescue tender all attended the scene. Firefighters used breathing apparatus and a hose reel to bring the fire under control.
One of the crew members of ferry Wight Sky suffered injuries during the accident and was taken to hospital for medical treatment. He has no life-threatening injuries and was later released.
“I want to pay tribute to the crew of Wight Sky who acted in an exemplary manner throughout to deal with the incident and minimise disruption to customers. All Wightlink crew members are experienced sailors and practise their emergency drills regularly”, said the CEO of Wightlink, Keith Greenfield.
Fortunately there were no reported injuries among the passengers and no water pollution. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way.
Ferry Wight Sky (IMO: 9446984) has overall length of 60.00 m, beam of 20.00 m and maximum draft of 2.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 360 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,546 GRT. The ferry was built in 2008 by Kraljevica Shipyard in Croatia.
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