British police arrest two over North Sea ferry fire

29th December 2013, Comments 0 comments

British police said Sunday they have arrested two men after a fire broke out on a ferry in the North Sea causing it to abort its journey from Newcastle to Amsterdam.

Seven people had to be airlifted to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation following the blaze on board the DFDS ferry MS King Seaways carrying nearly 1,000 people.

A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson and a 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of affray, said a spokeswoman for Northumbria Police.

The ferry was approximately 30 miles (48 kilometres) off the coast of northeast England when the fire was reported in an accommodation block at around 2200 GMT on Saturday.

Two Royal Air Force (RAF) search and rescue helicopters and two lifeboats were scrambled to take seven people to hospital.

Fifteen other passengers and eight crew members were treated by doctors for smoke-related injuries on board the ship.

Some 946 passengers and 127 crew were on the ferry.

© 2013 AFP

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