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NDRRMC: Five hurt in cruise ship fire

March 31, 2012 3:58pm
At least five people were reported injured, with one of them in unstable condition, following a fire that hit a cruise ship off Tubbataha Reef in Palawan Saturday.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the MV Azamara Quest caught fire 75 nautical miles south off Tubbataha Reef at 7:15 a.m.

"Five crew members were injured, one is unstable due to prolonged heat and smoke exposure, while four others are stable," the NDRRMC said in its 1 p.m. report.

It said the Coast Guard dispatched three search-and-rescue vessels to provide assistance.

The NDRRMC said the MV Azamara Quest is a Malta cruise ship from Singapore, with 590 passengers and 411 crew members.

Azamara Quest was bound for Mumbai, India at the time it caught fire.

Earlier reports said the fire disabled two engines of the ship. — LBG, GMA News
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