Isle of Wight Ferry Fire puts a dampener on the Bank Holiday Weekend

Over 100 passengers were evacuated after a fire broke out on a Wightlink Ferry over the weekend. The ferry, a shuttle from Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight to Lymington, Hampshire was suspended upon its arrival on the Isle of Wight, all passengers disembarked safely.

The fire, it would appear, started in the engine room where crew knew exactly what to do and an extinguishing system was deployed. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has been told about the fire and Wightlink said its engineers would also carry out an investigation.

After an apology from the ferry company, Whitelink, the transportation service resumed on Monday morning.

Five miles of water divide the Isle of Wight from the mainland. A popular destination for old and young alike, attractions include Queen Victoria’s Osborne House, the sands at Alum Bay and Blackgang Chine. Hopefully the delayed ferry passengers weren’t put out too much when they had extra time on the island whilst they awaited their ferry back to the mainland.

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