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    Arrow 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
    official said.
    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
    the fire.
    He said it was unlikely additional rescue helicopters would
    need to be dispatched.

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    Arrow Update

    LONDON, Sept 2 (Reuters) - A ferry with over 600 people on
    board was limping across the North Sea from England to Belgium
    on Monday after firefighters tamed an engine room blaze which
    forced passengers to don lifejackets and prepare for evacuation.
    "The fire has been extinguished and the ship is moving under
    its own command," said a spokesman for the British coastguard,
    confirming that the ship was continuing along its scheduled
    route to the port of Zeebrugge.
    The P&O ferry Norsea caught fire at around 2:20 a.m. (0120
    GMT), shortly after leaving the northeastern England port of
    Hull on its 13-1/2 hour voyage.
    Helicopters carrying firefighting teams were scrambled to
    the vessel while three coastguard lifeboats, 10 other vessels
    and another helicopter were also put on standby in case an
    evacuation were needed.
    At one point the passengers and 124 crew were ordered to put
    on lifejackets and muster at their assembly stations as a
    procedural measure.
    The ship's crew managed to extinguish the fire by smothering
    the flames with CO2 gas but the ferry drifted for hours off the
    eastern port of Great Yarmouth before its one good engine could
    be restarted.
    The blaze was the second on the ship within the past month.
    On August 14, two crew members were slightly injured when a
    fire broke out in its other engine room during a voyage on the
    same route.
    A P&O spokeswoman said the two fires were not related.
    The 31,785 gross tonne Norsea was built in 1987 and carries
    up to 1,250 passengers.
    The biggest North Sea rescue alert in years occurred in May
    when fires broke out in the engine room of a Danish passenger
    ferry carrying 881 people.
    Crew members were able to extinguish that blaze, on the
    Princess of Scandinavia, and no evacuations were necessary.
    (Additional reporting by Gideon Long)
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