06 May 2006 12:48PM
No Injuries in Britain Cruise Ship Fire
LONDON -- A fire broke out in the engine room of the Calypso
and was put out by the crew in about three hours on Saturday.
Authorities say no one was hurt in a cruise ship fire in
the English Channel. The ship was carrying 462 passengers,
virtually all of them Dutch, and a crew of 246.
The British Maritime and Coast Guard Agency says ``many,
many'' search and rescue units were dispatched to the scene
off the southern coast of England. Lifeboats and a coastguard
helicopter were sent to the stricken liner but crew members
had put out the fire in the engine room before they arrived.
The ship was heading for the port of St. Peter on the island
of Guernsey at the time of the fire. The maritime agency
says the ship will be towed to Southampton because of damage
to the engines, however it's not clear how extensive the
damage was to the ship.