• Short Summary

    The Norwegian luxury cruise ship, 18, 500-ton Rasa Sayang, caught a fire on Thursday, and more than 900 passengers and crew members were ferried to safety in the rainswept straits of Malacca off the west coast of Malaysia.

  • Description

    The Norwegian luxury cruise ship, 18, 500-ton Rasa Sayang, caught a fire on Thursday, and more than 900 passengers and crew members were ferried to safety in the rainswept straits of Malacca off the west coast of Malaysia.

    None of the passengers was hurt, but two crew members died fighting the fire and three others are listed as missing.

    The fire broke out before dawn in the forward section of the cruise liner when she was forwarding to Port Klang, near Kuala Lumpur, from Singapore.

    The 653 passengers and the 340 crewmen were evacuated by life boats to the passing Japanese oil tanker, Sanko Prestige, before being taken ashore at nearby Port Dickson.

    More than half the passengers were Singaporean and it also carried 164 Australians, 43 Britons, 27 Americans and 21 New Zealanders. Many of whom were school children on holiday.

    Cruise East, the Singapore company which operates the ship, said in a statement that the cause of fire was not immediately known but the blaze started in the Crew's recreation room.

    The Rasa Sayang was on a five-day mini-cruise from Singapore to Port Klang and the holiday island of Penang before returning to Singapore, for its annual inspection on drydock.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA74441XI4MMX46W20FUPCY2KZZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA74441XI4MMX46W20FUPCY2KZZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/06/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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