ONE person has been injured in a fire onboard a ferry in the Solent.

A fire had broken out in the engine room, according to a spokeswoman for the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service.

She said one person had been hurt, and the casualty was in the care of the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service.

It is not known if passengers were evacuated from the Wightlink car ferry.

Five fire engines from Newport, Cowes and the West Wight were called to the scene, at Wightlink's Yarmouth terminal, shortly after 10pm on Tuesday, together with rescue support vehicles.

One man, a Wightlink crew member aged in his 50s, has been admitted to the Emergency Department at St Mary's Hospital with burns to his face, head, neck and hands.

Wightlink chief executive Keith Greenfield, said: “I want to pay tribute to the crew of Wight Sky who acted in an exemplary manner throughout to deal with the incident and minimise disruption to customers.

"All Wightlink crew members are experienced sailors and practise their emergency drills regularly.”

A spokeswoman for the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service said the injured man had been wearing protective clothing and his injuries were not believed to be serious.

Firefighters left the scene at 11.19pm. A spokesman said oil had ignited in the engine, causing the fire, but confirmed there had been no explosion.

The injured man was discharged from hospital last night and several Wightlink sailings have been cancelled this morning.

A Wightlink spokeswoman said: "Wightlink’s Lymington-Yarmouth service is planned to resume this afternoon after a period of suspension.

"It is initially expected to be a two-hourly service using the Wight Light ferry (15:00, 17:00, 19:05, 21:05 from Lymington: 16:05, 18:05: 20:10 and 21:50 from Yarmouth).

"Wightlink apologises to customers for the inconvenience caused to customers.

"The suspension followed a fire below the car deck of the ferry Wight Sky as it was arriving in Yarmouth last night. The service affected was the 21:05 sailing from Lymington on Tuesday 12 September 2017.

"All customers on board disembarked at Yarmouth as usual when the ship berthed. One member of staff was treated in St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, following the fire and was later discharged.

"The Marine Accident Investigation Board (MAIB) is investigating the incident on board Wight Sky.

"All customers with bookings on the Lymington-Yarmouth route this morning were rescheduled on to Wightlink’s Portsmouth-Fishbourne sailings."