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American Cruise Ferries photo

 

A fire aboard Caribbean Fantasy yesterday quickly spread, prompting a full ship evacuation of the combo cruise-ferry boat which was en route from San Juan, Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic carrying 511 passengers and crew.

 

Video by Del Mar Gaviota posted by Julio Victor Ramirez-Ferrer

 

The massive rescue effort was carried out by the U.S. Coast Guard, together with Puerto Rican police, fire and pilot marine units as well as commercial tug boats and private good Samaritan boaters who joined in the help in the evacuation efforts.

 

 

Passengers and crew were taken to the port of San Juan where emergency service personnel treated them for heat stroke, injuries, shock and dehydration. Thankfully, there were no reported fatalities or life-threatening injuries. Read more from the Wall Street Journal and the Virgin Islands Consortium.

 

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

 

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