By NAN Contributor
News Americas, SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Thurs. Aug. 18, 2016: Four people were reportedly injured and more than 500 had to be evacuated after fire broke out on combination cruise and ferry vessel, the Caribbean Fantasy, near Puerto Rico yesterday.
The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol had to help evacuate the ship’s passengers and crew after fire began in the ship’s engine room as it travelling between Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and San Juan, the ferry’s parent company, America Cruise Ferries said.
The Coast Guard said all passengers had been evacuated. The mostly Dominican passengers included dozens of school-age athletes headed to competitions in Puerto Rico, including a 22-member cycling team, a girls’ volleyball team and a boys’ baseball team.
The ships run several times weekly between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.