Cruise ship fire evacuates 500 in Puerto Rico

Published on : Thursday, August 18, 2016

Cruise fireA fire on a cruise ship named Caribbean Fantasy caused 500 passengers to be evacuated from the cruise ship about a mile off the northern coast of Puerto Rico on Wednesday.


As the fire continued to blaze in the ship that is a fusion of ferry ship and a cruise liner, the passengers were brought ashore by the U.S. Coast Guard. Other agencies also joined in the efforts to rescue the cruise passengers till the time the fire compelled them all to leave the ship.


The rescue team removed the crew members and all the passengers who were onboard the cruise ship. Though there has been no casualty, several passengers were in need of medical assistance. Angel Crespo, director, Emergency Management Agency of Puerto Rico said that the captain of the ship was interviewed by the federal authorities.


Angel Crespo said that it was no longer safe to remain inside the boat as the navigation systems of the boat had completely collapsed.


The alarm sounded much after the fire had already started to blaze.


One of the mechanics, Gyno Funes told the media that he and another mechanic was present inside the control room of the ship. It was then that a hose that was carrying the fuel suddenly burst open and caught fire.


Marlon Doblado, another mechanic said that they were trying to extinguish the fire since the last two hours but were unable to do so.


Maria Prensa, a Dominican passenger said that she had been collecting her luggage when she had smelled smoke. When she enquired about it she was told that everything was under control. The officials of American Cruise Ferries that supervised the ship did not respond to messages that commented about the fire.


According to Crespo, about 105 people required medical attention at the scene and most of them were treated for dehydration, shock and heat stroke. 24 people were hospitalized. Among the patients included three women who had dislocated their ankles and a man who had broken his leg while going down the emergency slide.


Many people were carried on stretchers on the dock while one man was cradling a newborn baby that was wearing just a diaper. The cruise ship was also carrying a few school athletes that included a boys’ baseball team, a girls’ volleyball team and a 22-member cycling team who were travelling to competitions in Puerto Rico.


Passengers who were in perfect health were put onto city buses that took them to the original destination of the chip. Here, they underwent customs.


Meanwhile, the anxious relatives of the cruise passengers rushed to the scene.


The ship runs many times between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.



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