Fire extinguished on Danish passenger ferry
A rescue operation was launched early Wednesday after a fire broke out on a Danish passenger ferry, Swedish maritime rescue services said.
However, there were no immediate reports of any injuries among the 651 people on the Pearl of Scandinavia, a spokeswoman for the Swedish Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre told the Germany Press Agency dpa.
The fire was traced to the vehicle deck of the vessel. A truck trailer and a car were affected but not the ship's engine room, the spokeswoman said.
Due to the smoke, passengers were ordered to leave their cabins and assemble in the ferry's restaurants and other parts of the vessel where there was no smoke.
The fire broke out in Swedish waters, thereby involving the Gothenburg-based rescue centre. The centre said Swedish coastguard vessels and other units from Denmark including helicopters were on alert.
A six-strong team of Swedish firefighters were flown by helicopter to the scene but the fire had been extinguished by the vessel's own crew before their arrival.
The firefighters and captain were to assess if the vessel was to continue to the Danish capital Copenhagen, its scheduled destination.
The ferry had left Oslo, Norway on Tuesday.