Ferry Fire- Across the pond
LONDON, Sept 2 (Reuters) - A ferry carrying 611 passengers
caught fire in the North Sea early on Monday and rescue
helicopters have been sent to the vessel, a Royal Air Force
Michael Mulford, an RAF spokesman, said two helicopters had
been scrambled to the blazing ferry, eight miles off the coast
of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk.
He said the fire, which was in the engine room, appeared to
be under control.
"It's very likely the passengers will stay on board because
that's the safest place for them," he told Reuters.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
The ferry's origin and destination were not immediately
clear. It was also unclear which company operated the vessel.
Mulford said the ship's master called the Coast Guard at
2:15 a.m. to report the blaze.
RAF firefighting teams were flown to the vessel, although
Mulford said it appeared the ship's crew were able to extinguish
He said it was unlikely additional rescue helicopters would
need to be dispatched.