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Cruise ship adrift off the coast of Brazil

February 22 2008
04:39

Cruise ship with 1100 passengers and 500 crew members because of engine failure was hove to off the coast of Brazil, Brazilian TV reported with reference to the members of the ship's crew.

According to the sailors, the ship was a 40-minute course on the resort island of Ilya Grande off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, which was due to arrive in the morning on Thursday, when the passengers were awakened by an alarm. All ran out of their cabins, put on lifejackets on board panicked.

According to some accounts, an explosion was heard, and noted smoke engine compartment. After that ship lost speed and hove to. Uncontrolled voyage lasted for more than 10 hours. According to the captain of the vessel, the cause of the accident was the ingress of water into fuel, but the crew and passengers talk about the fire in the engine room ship. Press Service of the cruise ship company, which owns the ship, denied any information about damage to the ship, RIA News .

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