Ship blaze crew safe

All the crew on a burning ship off the Isles of Scilly are said to be safe.

All the crew on a burning ship off the Isles of Scilly are said to be safe.

The Athena has 111 people on board.

The factory fishing vessel is 230 miles from the coast - and helicopters have been sent to help the rescue.

The shipping company Thor, which owns the Athena, confirmed the crew were all safe and in no immediate danger.

In a statement, it said: “Around 6am this morning a fire broke out on board Athena while she was sailing to her next fishing area.

“The fire appears to have started in packing material store on the port side of the ship.

“The fire safety crew on board have remained on board to try to contain the situation.

“All but the 13 firefighting crew have abandoned the ship, and all are safe.

“The firefighting crew are safe and are in no immediate danger.”

Thor CEO, Hans Andrias Joensen, immediately contacted the ship after being made aware of the incident by the Falmouth coastguard who phoned at 6.22am.

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