Ferry re-routes after fire on car deck

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A passenger ferry travelling to Barra was re-routed to Tobermory yesterday after a fire broke out on the car deck.

Tobermory RNLI were alerted to the incident on the MV Isle of Lewis at 3.25pm by the UK Coastguard.

Three members of the Scottish Fire and Rescue service and one member of the Tobermory coastguard team were transported to the vessel. After manoeuvring alongside, two of the fire crew were transferred to the ferry with breathing apparatus to assess the situation.

It was found that the crew of the ferry had swiftly and successfully extinguished the fire. After thorough checks, the fire crew were satisfied that there was no further danger to the vessel and she was deemed safe to continue her onward journey.

Deputy Second Coxswain Dave Underwood said: ‘Thanks to the swift actions of the ferry crew, any danger to passengers and crew was averted before we were on scene.

‘We are pleased with the successful outcome of this call out and glad to be of assistance in transporting members of the Scottish Fire and Rescue service to ensure the ferry was safe to continue her journey.

‘A great example of working with our emergency service colleagues in this multi-agency incident.’

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the fire originated from the fridge of a campervan on the car deck.

No one required medical treatment as a result of the blaze.