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  • 31 December 2013, 0:59

North Sea Ferry Fire: Man Charged With Arson

A man has been charged with arson after a fire alert on a North Sea ferry led to an emergency evacuation.

Boden George Hughes, 26, of Fulwell Road, Sunderland, has been charged with arson reckless to endangering life and affray, Northumbria Police said.

He will appear in court on Tuesday morning.

Four crew members and two passengers had to be winched off the DFDS King Seaways ferry after they inhaled smoke when the fire broke out 30 miles off the Humberside coast on Saturday night.

The six people were taken to Scarborough Hospital by RAF helicopter but are not thought to be in a serious condition.

The ferry, which had been heading for Amsterdam, sailed back to Tyneside and most of the passengers were allowed off on Sunday morning.

A 28-year-old man who was detained on suspicion of affray has been bailed pending further inquiries.

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