Amazon River cruise ship sinks, four missing

Published on : Monday, July 18, 2016

Aqua Amazon cruise shipAqua Amazon, the cruise ship of Amazon River exploded and sank partially on Saturday, as revealed by Francesco Galli Zugaro, the CEO of Aqua Expeditions. However, he did not offer an explanation behind the sinking of the cruise ship.


The ship sank partially while it was being re-loaded during the turn-around hours, when it was being supplied on Saturday.


Mr. Zugaro is yet to state how many crew members have been injured as a result of the accident. However, he stated that four of the crew members of the ship are missing since the incident. During the time of the explosion, the ship was not carrying any passengers.


A media spokesperson has said that a short circuit has caused two explosions and also a fire that injured as many as 13 crew members of the cruise ship. The ship sank in Enapu port, based close to Punchana district, Iquitos and Itaya River. A hole had developed into the ship on account of the explosion and finally, it sank partially over its side.


This media house has also stated that this ship had approached Enapu port to have its gas tank filled, though it lacked the requisite security measures. Consequently, at least eight people suffered burns. Luckily, the local residents rescued them and also the staff. According to the news report, the investigation was cancelled at night because the people did not possess the appropriate equipment to carry on the work.


Efforts are undertaken to enquire about the latest status of the missing crew members, as asserted by a statement of Aqua Expeditions.


Passengers who were scheduled to board the Aqua Amazon on 16th July have been advised to other ships and also Aria Amazon.


This Aqua Amazon incident is the second cruise-related accident that has occurred on the Amazon River this year.


Photo courtesy: Cruise Law News

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