A fire broke out in the engine room of the “Wight Sky” as she sailed into Yarmouth from Lymington in the night of Sep 12, 2017, at 9 p.m. as the ship approached the Isle of Wight. Emergency services attended the ferry upon its arrival at Yarmouth, one crew member A man in his 50’s sustained burns to his face, neck and hands as a result of the fire was taken to hospital in Newport and has now been discharged. All passengers disembarked safely from the ferry in Yarmouth with their vehicles.
Needles Coastguard Rescue Team, Police, ambulance crews, 5 fire appliances, an aerial ladder platform and the rescue tender all attended the scene. Firefighters used breathing apparatus and a hose reel to bring the fire under control before leaving the scene at around midnight.
A full investigation was underway and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed.’ Early morning sailings on the Lymington-Yarmouth route on Sep 13 were cancelled and customers transferred to Wightlink’s Portsmouth-Fishbourne service.
This affected the 05:35, 06:40 and 07:45 sailings from Lymington and the 06:25, 07:50 and 08:50 from Yarmouth.