Emergency services evacuate passengers of adrift ferry in Sweden

The Swedish and Finnish emergency services started evacuating passengers of a ferry that had broken out a fire tonight. Elderly people and children are the first to be removed from the ship, which has been left without power in front of the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea.

There are 241 passengers on board. According to Swedish media, they are being picked up by helicopters. The evacuations are hampered by the strong winds at sea, but are still going quietly for the time being, according to the Swedish Coast Guard.

The ferry was on its way from Latvia to Sweden, when a fire broke out on a car deck. Presumably, the fire started in a refrigerated truck. What could happen is being investigated.

No injuries
As a

precaution, seven ships and a helicopter were sent to the ferry. Those on board gathered on the top deck, can be seen in footage. Around 4 p.m., the fire was extinguished by the crew.

No one was injured, but the ship did run out of power. As a result, the anchor could no longer be thrown out. The ferry from the shipping company Stena Lina was adrift towards Gotland. A tug will tow the empty ferry to the southern city of Nynรคshamn tonight.