Saturday 16 December 2017

Two dead and four hurt in Norwegian cruise ship fire reporters

TWO people died and four others were injured when fire engulfed a Norwegian cruise liner.

The ship caught fire off Norway's coast prompting the evacuation of more than 200 passengers, Norwegian media reported.

The Nordlys, operating on the popular tourist route from Bergen to the northern regions above the Polar circle, was close to the port of Aalesund in Western Norway when a fire started in the engine room, state broadcaster NRK said.

Television footage showed thick, black smoke rising from the ship, currently docked in Aalesund.

All 207 passengers and most of the crew of 55 have been taken off the ship. Some crew remained on the vessel to fight the fire.

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