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North Sea ferry fire: 'A strong smell of smoke'

29 December 2013 Last updated at 09:52 GMT

An investigation is under way after a fire on board a ferry in the North Sea forced it to return to Newcastle.

RAF helicopters winched two passengers and four crew off the MS King Seaways, which was sailing to Amsterdam, when it was 30 miles off Flamborough Head.

Passenger Jamie Petterson said that people were "generally very calm and in reasonable spirits" when the initial fire alarm sounded, but that he later encountered "a strong smell of smoke".

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