Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that six crew members and a passenger have been airlifted to hospital after a fire on board a DFDS Seaways cruise ferry approximately 30 miles north east of Flamborough Head on Saturday, December 28th.
The ferry was en route from Newcastle to Amsterdam.
Humber Coastguard was contacted by the MS King Seaways, which had 946 passengers and 127 crew on board. They reported that they had a fire in one of the passenger accommodation blocks, but it had been brought under control and was now out.
The Bridlington and Filey RNLI lifeboats were sent to the scene, along with the search and rescue helicopters from RAF Leconfield and RAF Boulmer. Six crew membe
, Decembar 26, 2013; Image:rs and one passenger were airlifted to Scarborough hospital suffering what’s believed to be the effects of smoke inhalation.
Bev Allen, Watch Manager at Humber Coastguard, said:
“We have been in close contact with the MS King Seaways this evening and sent resources to assist in the evacuation of those passengers and crew that were showing signs of smoke inhalation.
“We are now in discussion with the ferry to decide the next best course of action.”
MCA, Decembar 30, 2013; Image: DFDS