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Cargo Ship MV Fernanda Catches Fire Near Iceland

Coast Guard crews in Iceland have rescued 11 crewmembers from ship which caught fire in heavy weather to the south of the North Atlantic island.

Cargo Ship MV Fernanda Catches Fire Near Iceland

Coast Guard crews in Iceland have rescued 11 crewmembers from ship which caught fire in heavy weather to the south of the North Atlantic island.

Cargo Ship MV Fernanda Catches Fire Near Iceland
31 October 2013 - 20:44

Coast Guard crews in Iceland have rescued 11 crewmembers from ship which caught fire in heavy weather to the south of the North Atlantic island.

The Icelandic Coast Guard says it received a call at 2 p.m. local time Wednesday reporting engine room fire onboard the Ro/Ro cargo ship MV Fernanda.

Within two hours, a Coast Guard helicopter was on scene airlifted the 11 crew to safety. The 11 crewmembers, who were all uninjured, have been taken to Reykjavik, the largest city and capital of Iceland.

Meanwhile, Coast Guard ship Thor was sent to the scene to commence firefighting operations.

The 75-meter MV Fernanda is registered in the Dominican Republic and was built in 1981, according to the Icelandic Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard says that firefighting will continue through the night and an assessment will be made in the morning.

Coast Guard Continues Fire-Fighting

The Icelandic Coast Guard continued its response Thursday to a fire onboard the Ro/Ro cargo ship Fernanda off the coast of Iceland.

An update Thursday said that the Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Thor arrived on the scene of the MV Fernanda and commenced firefighting operations.


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