512 passengers evacuate burning ferry near Puerto Rico, some in water

The ship has 512 people aboard.
By Ed Adamczyk Contact the Author   |   Aug. 17, 2016 at 10:49 AM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Passengers aboard a burning ferry near Puerto Rico abandoned ship Wednesday, with reports of people in the water, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The ship docked safely in San Juan harbor.

The Caribbean Fantasy, owned by America Cruise Ferries, was seen burning offshore, 1 mile from San Juan harbor. The Coast Guard reported that 512 people, passengers and crew members, were aboard the ship, a large car-and-passenger ferry which arrives in San Juan three times per week from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The fire started in the ship's engine room.

No injuries have been reported. The Coast Guard and local rescue teams are aiding the passengers.

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