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UPDATED: Dead crew members sustained severe burns – officials

By SNO Staff

A photo submitted by a reader shows smoke coming from the cruise ship.

Three people have been confirmed dead after a fire broke out on Ocean Cruises’ Insignia at Port Castries this morning.

At a press conference at the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) headquarters this afternoon, officials said the three crew members sustained severe burns.

A 42-year-old male is also under observation at hospital for mild respiratory depression caused by smoke inhalation.

The names and nationalities of the dead were not disclosed.

According to the authorities, the fire started in one of the ship’s four engines.

All 600 passengers were evacuated. The ship had 400 crew members. The cruise ship will be docked in Port Castries, until the engine is repaired.

In the meantime, reservations are being made for the passengers at various hotels. The cruise ship came from Barbados and was heading to St. Vincent next.

Fire officials told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that they received a call at about 9:25 a.m. that a fire had broken out in the engine room of the cruise ship.

SLASPA and the St. Lucia Fire Service had said in a joint statement that the situation is under control. In the meantime, both agencies said they are working with the local agent, the ship and local authorities.

The incident was contained within Berth 5 at Port Castries, which has affected the operation of Shed 6.  All other facilities are in full operation.

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41 thoughts on “UPDATED: Dead crew members sustained severe burns – officials

  1. Anthony

    A terrible, terrible occurrence.

    Thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims --- no one should perish like this.

    It's a proverbial billion dollar company.

    Very sad, and let's see what happens if the cause is determined by the authorities to be due to "cost optimization".

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  2. Col Gene

    This time last month, I was at St. Lucia aboard the Regatta, also owned by Oceana. I believe the ships are identical (mid size ship). We sailed to Brazil and back, stopping at many lovely islands along the way. The ship underwent a safety inspection during our cruise which it passed with flying colors. I never dreamed such a thing could happen where crew would be killed. I felt so safe and secure while on board. I lived on 3d deck, meeting many engineering staff members (some of which were on 3d deck, opposite side). All polite, all welcoming, all doing their best job to make a wonderful experience for me and other guests while they endured long family separations. I am a retired Army Colonel, and I know that to have that sort of display for all guests by all members of the crew, not matter what their station on the ship, shows great leadership by the Master on down the line. Those people on the crew worked constantly for the 24 days of my cruise, and were ready to welcome another six hundred people within hours of my disembarkation. My heart is broken that three crewmembers would die like this. It is a horrible way to go and I just hope they did not suffer. My hat goes off to the crew member who is posting here, and to (I presume) his family for enduring the long separations while he takes care of "other people's" families. Now they will also be worried that some terrible tragedy could befall their husband/dad/crewmember. God Bless all who serve on the cruise ships.

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  3. Vibes

    After what just happened, I just can't believe why would that insurance thing come out of someones mind wow!!! Dutty jackass badmind. Like really maybe st.lucia newn's online should stop posting these stupid negative news from all over the world and start posting positive ones cause its not helping the people please stop it.

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  4. My Land Lucia

    Very lucky dat they did port in SLU cause who know what they would have to deal with on the open waters---and ppl say there's no God--Luv each other my ppl

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  5. Anonymous

    Negative people don't have a break it seems to be.Who would want to put a ship on fire to risk their lives just to claim insurance,come do better than that am tired to tell you that you should kibba you mouth if you have nothing good to say,closing your beak won't hurt.

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  6. crew member

    this is a tragic accident that should never happen , one lost life is one to many and we should all pray that this accidents never happen again ,not at sea not in land now ware , my condolences to the families of my fellow crew members that lost their life in this tragedy , i,m one of the first crew members that is steel a Oceania crew member that had opened INSIGNIA 2003 , we should all be more taken care as crew members whit name and whit families that we live them behind always when we go at sea as we are not just a crew member whit ID

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    • crew member

      God bless you for your last words. I was as well on Insignia in 2003..my first ship experience and my dearest ship till today.

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  7. kat

    Please you call yourself right? "Education is expensive and so too is ignorance!" Maybe you will understand what this means then you will be able to understand my first comment. Unfortunately for some, common sense eludes us.

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  8. THIODRAGON

    I work in fire protection and i can confirm that if this fire was contained is just because the engine room is equiped with a fire extinguisher installation, witch is mixed with a fire détection, so when the fire start he is detected by the alarm, then the horn ring to evacuate the engine room concerned by the fire, and after a short time, the system drop CO² gaz (or another gaz) into the engine room to stop the fire immédiately by inhibition of the oxygen. The three crew dead was inside the engine room when the explosion happend, it's an accident and i just hope for them they're soul rest in peace and they're family will not be to mutch affected. Saint Lucia Fire Department have good firefighters and in case of a fire not extinguished on a cruise boat, the only thing they can do is to evacuate the boat and try to contained the expansion of the fire to other boats and installations.

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  9. man

    Does St. Lucia Have a burn unit ? I does agree with anonymous. St lucia needs a better equip fire service and a proper ems division with actually Paramedics and just not EMTs. Good forbid that fire was bigger or one day one of those hotels etc go up in flames.

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    • Book-Worm

      As far as I know we don't have a Burn Unit. Ppl had to go to Martinique after the "event" at the Cathedral.

      I agree is time we get our EMS Act together. We have bits but more is needed.

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  10. crew member

    No matter how much training you have on board, and believe me, we do have one drill every week, it is always fear that it might happen in real situation...and than all the trainings are important but how you will react is individual. Facing a real situation and facing death...not everyone can handle it well. One thing only, just pray to God that will never happened again. God bless the souls of the 3 fellow crew members who lost their lives and God bless their families. Thank you our thoughts and prayers will be with you forever.

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  11. kat

    Good heavens! I'm following the story but never expected such an awful outcome. Really hope this was an accident an not an act of cruelty to claim insurance. May their souls rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to the families and hope some kind of compensation be granted seeing they lost their lives on duty.
    Still in awe here..wow!

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    • Please

      Stop writing BS who is going to burn themselves to death just to collect insurance money? You bloody idiot put your thinking cap on before you post stupid comments.

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      • Dee

        Try to surf internet reports from the UK or the US, there are actual incidents of people setting their houses, businesses or cars on fire for insurance money. Two years ago in the UK a family did just that sadly six children were killed because the parents could not get to them in time. After an investigation it was found that the fire was set deliberately by the parents because they were going through financial difficulties. The parents are now serving a jail sentence. So don't think that it could not happen...it can. I just hope that this incident in Castries was an accident. Try not to call someone stupid before thinking about the bigger picture.

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  12. FactsRight

    Not sure if this will be updated of for the sake of 'damage control' but those three persons are now dead. SNO look into it please. THE SHIP MEMEBERS AND PASSENGERES ARE BEINGEVACUTAED SOME TO HOTELS AND ON FLIGHTS

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  13. me

    We have to wait for the formal situation report. However, bravo to the fire personnel, who have been neglected by administrations and governments, who continually work in such hazardous situations with worthless equipment and training. Apparently we do need firemen and women

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  14. Anonymous

    Thank God this fire was small and so was able to be contained.But it's a wake-up ca'll for the powers that be.You could imagine the situation getting out of control God forbids whether docked or out in St.Lucian waters.Whether our firefighters are specifically trained to deal with such a situation is a question worth asking.But with all these mega cruise ships with thousands of passengers including cargo ships shouldn't SLASPA by now be equipped with a Fire Boat: Granted that these cruise ships are well equipped with state of the art firefighting equipment with well trained crews it is still very possible that a Fire can get out of control.You could imagine an out of control fire with heavy smoke entrapping passengers.Another very important aspect of preparation is familiarisation tours of these ships by our firefighters.Is this being done? One would also observe that most cruise ships would carry out situation exercises when in port. It would also be very important for all concerned if the fire service would consider joining the ships crew in a simulation exercise one of these days.In the meantime we must continue to pray that we don't experience such a situation on board a ship.

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    • .........

      Anonymous, they do have crew members who are train to deal with situations like this. On almost every cruise, crew members have boat drills. If the situation gets out of hand in the case of that ship fire certain protocols should be followed and if necessary then abandon ship.

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  15. maria

    The crew members and captain of insignia has to investigate the matter of the fire in the engine forntheir safety and their passengers safety.

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