A fire broke out on a cruiseferry en-route from Plymouth England to Santander Spain in the early hours of the morning. The French Navy was called in to help extinguish the blaze in the engine room of Brittany Ferries' flagship Pont Aven, just before 4 am, while the ship was around 100 nautical miles (185 km / 115 ml) south of Brest France.
The ferry had 766 passengers and 142 crew onboard, but no injuries were reported, Brittany Ferries said.
The ferry operator revealed that crews "train regularly to deal with incidents at sea" and staff onboard "immediately put this training into action and brought the fire under control".
Brest shipping officials were informed of the fire and the vessel was making way, "under her own steam, for the port of Brest" where comprehensive checks would be carried out.
For other Pont Aven cruiseferry accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.