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Byline: Volunteer lifeboat crews from Filey and Bridlington were called out to a ferry with over 900 passengers which had a fire on board 30 miles east of Filey late last night (Saturday 28 December).
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Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Filey’s Mersey class all-weather lifeboat The Keep Fit Association shortly before 10.30pm to the DFDS ferry King Seaways following a fire in a cabin, resulting in a number of persons suffering smoke inhalation and possibly over twenty who might require medical evacuation. Within ten minutes of the call, the lifeboat had launched under the command of Deputy 2nd Coxswain, Richard Johnson.
 
Fortunately, just as the lifeboat arrived at the scene, a small number of passengers had been lifted off by helicopter and it was decided that others could be safely taken back to Tyneside from where the ferry had sailed earlier in the evening en route for Ijmuiden in Holland.
 
Richard Johnson, Filey’s duty Coxswain last night, said: ‘Luckily the situation resolved itself quite quickly and the helicopters managed to evacuate those needing hospital treatment. RNLI crews are always trained to respond to any kind of emergency and this was potentially a major incident.’

The lifeboat returned to Filey in the early hours of Sunday morning. Meanwhile the fire is still being investigated by Humberside and Northumberland Police Forces.

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Notes to editors

  • Filey Lifeboat Station has been operating since 1804. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/filey

RNLI Media Contacts

For more information please telephone

  • John Ward, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07771800748 or filey@rnli.org.uk 
  • Alison Levett, RNLI Public Relations Manager (North) on 07786 668912 or alison_levett@rnli.org.uk
  • For queries outside of office hours, contact the RNLI Duty Press Officer on 01202 336789
Byline: Volunteer lifeboat crews from Filey and Bridlington were called out to a ferry with over 900 passengers which had a fire on board 30 miles east of Filey late last night (Saturday 28 December).
Page Content:

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Filey’s Mersey class all-weather lifeboat The Keep Fit Association shortly before 10.30pm to the DFDS ferry King Seaways following a fire in a cabin, resulting in a number of persons suffering smoke inhalation and possibly over twenty who might require medical evacuation. Within ten minutes of the call, the lifeboat had launched under the command of Deputy 2nd Coxswain, Richard Johnson.
 
Fortunately, just as the lifeboat arrived at the scene, a small number of passengers had been lifted off by helicopter and it was decided that others could be safely taken back to Tyneside from where the ferry had sailed earlier in the evening en route for Ijmuiden in Holland.
 
Richard Johnson, Filey’s duty Coxswain last night, said: ‘Luckily the situation resolved itself quite quickly and the helicopters managed to evacuate those needing hospital treatment. RNLI crews are always trained to respond to any kind of emergency and this was potentially a major incident.’

The lifeboat returned to Filey in the early hours of Sunday morning. Meanwhile the fire is still being investigated by Humberside and Northumberland Police Forces.

ENDS

Notes to editors

  • Filey Lifeboat Station has been operating since 1804. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/filey

RNLI Media Contacts

For more information please telephone

  • John Ward, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07771800748 or filey@rnli.org.uk 
  • Alison Levett, RNLI Public Relations Manager (North) on 07786 668912 or alison_levett@rnli.org.uk
  • For queries outside of office hours, contact the RNLI Duty Press Officer on 01202 336789