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Boss praises Wightlink crew after fire — hopes to restore sailings this afternoon

Wightlink chief executive Keith Greenfield. Picture by Peter Boam.

Wightlink chief executive Keith Greenfield. Picture by Peter Boam.

Emily Pearce

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 12:01

UPDATED 12:04*
WIGHTLINK services between Yarmouth and Lymington will hopefully resume this afternoon following last night's ferry fire, the company has said.
Investigators from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) remain onboard the Wight Sky this morning carrying out enquiries and once they have concluded their investigations, Wightlink will move the vessel from Yarmouth Harbour and bring in a replacement car ferry, Wight Sun.
Wightlink chief executive Keith Greenfield praised the actions of the crew, who were quick to extinguish the engine room fire while keeping passengers informed.
"They were superb. Dealing with fire is part of their training, and they followed procedure and kept all the passengers safe," he said.
"The fire occurred shortly before the vessel docked at Yarmouth, and all 40 passengers, 15 cars and a couple of commercial vehicles disembarked in the normal way. There was no emergency evacuation."
He said the crew member treated for burns at St Mary's Hospital was now recovering at home.
Mr Greenfield said he was 'absolutely' concerned about the fire but reassured passengers Wightlink's ferries were safe.
"We prepare for all sorts of emergencies that can occur. The crew followed the correct procedures and everyone, apart from one crew member, was safe," he said.
He said the engine room was a 'complex, technical area' and would not speculate on the cause of the fire.
Passengers due to travel on the Yarmouth to Lymington route this morning have been transferred to the Fishbourne to Portsmouth service. A two hourly coach shuttle service is running between Yarmouth and Fishbourne, and between Lymington and Portsmouth.
*Wightlink’s Lymington to Yarmouth service is planned to resume initially as a two-hourly service using the Wight Light ferry (15:00, 17:00, 19:05, 21:05 from Lymington: 16:05, 18:05: 20:10 and 21:50 from Yarmouth).

 


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