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.
GV ZOOM INTO THE SHIP RASA SAYANG ( 2 SHOTS )
CU NAME OF THE SHIP "RASA SAYANG" SINGAPORE
SV BURNT SMOKE ON THE VESSEL
SV LIFE BOATS ON THE VESSEL
GV ZOOM OUT TO JAPANESE TANKER SANKO PRESTIGE ONSHORE NEAR THE RASA SAYANG
SV BOW OF THE JAPANESE TANKER
SV MARINE POLICE AND RESCUE BOAT ( 3 SHOTS )
SV CREW MEMBERS WAITING ON RASA SAYANG FOR EVACUATION
SV PASSENGERS OF RASA SAYANG LANDING FROM LIFE BOATS
SV PASSENGER COMING ONSHORE AND TALK WITH SHIP OFFICER ( 2 SHOTS )
SV MARINE POLICE OFFICERS TALKING WITH CREW MEMBERS
GV PASSENGERS WALKING ON RAILROAD
SV AND GV OF PASSENGERS SITTING ON GREEN AND REST ( 3 SHOTS )
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Background: 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.