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Ferr-ifying Fire breaks out on Stenaline ferry from Scotland to Belfast

The ferry later had to be tugged into port in Belfast after doing a "180 degree" turn

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The Stenaline Superfast VIII after arriving back in Belfast PIC PACEMAKER

The Stenaline Superfast VIII after arriving back in Belfast PIC PACEMAKER

The Stenaline Superfast VIII after arriving back in Belfast PIC PACEMAKER

A Stenaline ferry en route from Cairnryan in Scotland to Belfast had to be tugged into Belfast port after a fire broke out onboard.  

The incident happened last night at around 9pm on the Superfast VIII which was due to arrive in Belfast at around 9.45pm.

It is understood the fire broke out in the engine room of the vessel.

Lifeboats from Donaghadee, Larne and Bangor were tasked to the ferry after the fire broke out, as well as coastguard teams from Donaghadee, Portmuck, Larne and Portaferry.

Nobody was injured during the incident.

One passenger, Chris Clotworthy, speaking to BBC news, said passengers heard code words being issued across the ship’s loudspeaker system to crew members at around 9pm.

Mr Clotworthy said: “Obviously all sorts of things went through one’s mind.

“The boat did a complete 180 degree turn and looked to be heading back to Scotland, this was when it was level with Blackhead. It then did another complete 180 and stopped."

While the drama was unfolding, Mr Clotworthy said the passengers remained calm.

The ship later docked in Belfast with assistance from tug boats at around 10.15pm when passengers were able to disembark safely.

It is understood the fire which broke out was relatively small.

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