Investigators examine fire ferry

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The Independent Online
Investigators have begun examining a passenger ferry after a fire broke out shortly after it had left St Peter Port harbour, Guernsey, on Monday evening. More than 100 passengers were transferred at sea to other ships. The blaze took hold in the engine room of the French-owned catamaran. Four nearby ships, including two similar passenger ferries, rushed to the stricken Trident Seven, owned by the Emeraud line, after the alarm was raised.

All 111 passengers were safely transferred to other vessels while six crew and eight emergency fire-fighters tackled the blaze. Guernsey police said the passengers, mainly British and French day-trippers, were ashore within an hour. An 88-year-old French woman was taken to the town's Princess Elizabeth Hospital with leg injuries.

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