Luxury ship catches fire, no deaths reported
The Coast Guard reports the fire has been put under control

MANILA, Philippines – A luxury ship Azamara Quest bound for Malaysia caught fire Saturday, March 31, leaving at least 5 people injured.

Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson Lt Commander Algier Ricafrente said the luxury ship had 590 passengers on board and 411 crew personnel.

121 of them are Filipino, according to Commodore Joseph Rustom Peña, commanding officer of the Naval Forces West, based in Palawan. The 4 who were reported hurt have been assisted by the ship’s medical personnel and are now in stable condition.

The passengers were a mix of Europeans and Americans, Ricafrente told ANC.

Azamara Quest was spotted northeast off Mapun Island, which is near Tawi-Tawi and Sabah.

The Coast Guard has sent assistance as the ship has lost power and is afloat. The fire has been put under control. –

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