The St. Lucia News Online reports that a fire aboard Oceania Cruises’ Insignia cruise ship has resulted in three people being sent to the hospital this morning.
The online newspaper states that a fire broke out on the Oceania cruise ship which was docked at Port Castries this morning.
The newspaper further states that according to the St. Lucia Fire Service, one of the three persons is being treated for exposure to the fire (smoke inhalation & respiratory distress). There are no reports regarding the medical condition of the other two persons. The reports do not mention whether these individuals are passengers or crew members.
There are hearsay comments on the Cruise Critic boards that a crew member died, although this has not be confirmed at this time.
The information currently released is that sometime after 9:00 a.m., the fire broke out in the engine room of the Insignia which was moored in Berth 5 at Port Castries.
The Insignia is an old ship, constructed in 1998.
December 11 2014 Update: Oceania has confirmed that the fire caused three (3) deaths. The cruise line released this statement:
"Three crewmembers and two contractors who were working onboard were transferred to a local medical facility. We are deeply saddened to learn that two contractors and one crewmember did not survive. We extend our deepest condolences to their families during this very difficult time."
According to the St. Lucia News Online, the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) stated at a press conference that the three men died after sustaining "severe burns."
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