The Irish Ferries ferry Oscar Wilde, 31,112gt, that operates between Rosslare and Cherbourg suffered a fire in her engine room while on sea trials off Falmouth following a refit.
With a crew of 113, the Oscar Wilde had sailed from Falmouth on the afternoon of Feb 2 but at 1924 hours, Falmouth Coastguard received a call from the ship stating that there was a fire in her engine room.
The ferry was now two and a half miles east of the Lizard Peninsula, near the infamous Manacles Rocks.
Falmouth Coastguard sent the Coastguard tug Anglian Princess, and the Falmouth and Lizard lifeboats were launched to stand by the ship. Three tugs also left Falmouth Docks to assist, and two rescue helicopters from RNAS Culdrose were also sent to the scene.
The Oscar Wilde, which was towed back to Falmouth for repairs, had been due to resume service between Rosslare and Cherbourg the following weekend. The ferry was expected to be back in service before the end of February.
More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - April 2010 Issue
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