(NEW YORK) — A cruise ship that caught on fire after leaving the Phillipines with over 1,000 people on board has been repaired and is on its way to Malaysia, the BBC reports.
A fire erupted on the Azamara Quest one day after it left Manila for Malaysia on Friday night. Five crew members suffered smoke inhalation – one of them severely – and no passengers were injured. A coastguard spokesman said the ship was carrying 590 passengers and 411 crew.
One passenger said that an engineer ran through the dining room covered in oil just as dinner was about to be served. Everyone was then reportedly evacuated and given life jackets as smoke filled the dining room. The blaze reportedly started in one of the ship’s engine rooms, and was immediately extinguished, according to Azamara Club Cruises.
The ship is now traveling at a nautical speed of three to six knots and is expected to arrive in Sandakan, Malaysia, in two days.
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