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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.