A MAN facing charges after a fire which caused a North Sea ferry to be turned around was today remanded in custody when he appeared in court.
Boden George Hughes, 26, of Fulwell Road, Sunderland, was charged with arson being reckless to endangering life and affray, and appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court this morning.
No pleas were taken from Hughes, and magistrates remanded him back into custody, until January 14, when he will appear before Newcastle Crown Court.
Hughes was arrested on Sunday, along with a 28-year-old man who was detained on suspicion of affray and later bailed pending further inquiries.
The DFDS ferry King Seaways was heading for Amsterdam when a blaze started in a cabin when she was around 30 miles off the North Yorkshire coast at 10.45pm on Saturday.
Two RAF helicopters scrambled to the scene and winched two passengers and four crew members to safety so they could have hospital treatment after breathing in smoke.
The ferry sailed back to Tyneside, and most of the 946 passengers were allowed off on Sunday morning, while others remained on board to be interviewed by detectives.