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Crew taken off fire boat in Peterhead harbour

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Image caption The fire on the Fugro Symphony is believed to have started in an electrical switch room

More than 80 crew members were taken off an offshore support boat which went on fire in Peterhead harbour in the early hours of the morning.

About 35 firefighters tackled the blaze aboard the Fugro Symphony. No-one was injured.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said five appliances went to the scene as well as a foam unit from Aberdeen.

The exact cause of the blaze aboard the vessel, moored at Merchant's Quay, is not yet known.

However it is believed to have started in an electrical switch room in the lower decks.

The fire was reported shortly before 03:00 and it took about two hours to bring under control.

'Investigate the cause'

A total of 84 crew were taken ashore for their safety and given shelter at the Fishermen's Mission in Peterhead, before eventually being allowed to return to the boat.

The Fugro Symphony is a four-year-old vessel specialising in remote-controlled underwater operations.

A Fugro spokesperson later said: "As a precaution, all non-essential personnel onboard were immediately evacuated. No-one was injured.

"The fire was contained in a small area of the vessel. All personnel returned to the vessel once it was confirmed safe to do so.

"A Fugro team are onboard to investigate the cause of the incident."

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