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Fire breaks out aboard RCL’s Freedom of the Seas

July 24, 2015 Cruise, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Passengers aboard one of the world’s largest cruise ships, Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas, assembled at muster stations after fire broke out on the ship at a cruise port in Jamaica. A video posted on Facebook shows smoke billowing from an upper deck.

A crewmember was injured with burns in the blaze but no passengers were hurt.

The cruise line said the fire broke out in “a mechanical space” on the ship as it arrived at the Falmouth Pier and was extinguished by the ship’s fire suppression system, the Caymans News http://www.angsana.com/en/ap-thailand-phuket/discover-value/adventureService, based in the Cayman Islands, reported.

The cruise line said passengers were assembled for evacuation and a headcount was conducted.

The cruise line issued the following statement:

“On July 22, 2015, Freedom of the Seas experienced a fire in a mechanical space as the ship was pulling into Falmouth, Jamaica.  The ship’s fire suppression system was immediately activated, which contained and extinguished the fire. In an abundance of caution, the Captain mustered all guests at their assembly stations.  The ship is currently alongside in Falmouth and all systems are functioning.”

In a later tweet, quoted by US publication USA Today, Royal Caribbean said all guests aboard Freedom of the Seas were accounted for and that there were no injuries to any guests.

Freedom of the Seas is operating a seven-night cruise to the Western Caribbean out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, with ports of call listed as Falmouth; Labadee, Haiti; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico.

The ship was just taken out of service earlier this year for a major refurbishment and reconfiguration that included the addition of 67 extra cabins and new restaurants.

Written by Peter Needham

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