couple on fire-hit cruise ship describe how incident unfolded
Burnham-On-Sea couple who are onboard a cruise ship that reportedly
starting listing after a fire broke out early on Sunday morning
(January 25th) have described how the incident unfolded.
couple's son, David Tonkin, contacted his father by mobile phone
after hearing about the fire in the engine room of The Boudicca, run by Fred
Olsen Cruise Lines.
blaze began at 4am and the ship then drifted off the coast
of Casablanca, Morocco, for five hours.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "My dad and step mother were woken
up at 4am by alarms onboard. There was no power and it was pitch
ship started listing due to an intake of water to put the fire
ship was then without propulsion for a few hours and started drifting
until one of the many engines was restarted."
was then pumped out to regain its upright position and the ship
is now limping towards the Canaries. They are both safe and well,
but it was quite nervy."
ships owners issued a statement on Sunday saying that The
Boudicca was fully operational. "There
have been no injuries to any of Boudiccas 784 guests and
356 crew members, and there is reported to be a good atmosphere
on board," said a spokesperson.
ships Master has confirmed that at no point were guests
asked to don their lifejackets and gather at the muster stations,
as the situation was contained within the Engine Room by our crew
are operating normally, and guests are enjoying the usual activities
on board, both inside and out on deck."
"We are reviewing the itinerary and assessing the extent
of the damage to the two main engines and electrical cables, and
will make any repairs necessary at the next port of call."
"The safety and well-being of all guests and crew on board
Boudicca is Fred Olsen Cruise Lines utmost priority, and
we continue to liaise with the relevant maritime authorities."
The Boudicca, run by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines (pic Pjotr Mahhonin)