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Stranded Cruise Ship Towed Into Port

Fri., March 1, 1996, midnight

A cruise ship carrying more than 800 people was towed into port early Friday, three days after an engine room fire knocked out its power and left it stranded in the South China Sea.

Guards kept reporters away as passengers from the MV Sagafjord, including 330 Americans, 66 Britons, 82 Germans and eight Australians, waited to be transferred to buses and taken to a hotel. Although uninjured in the fire, the passengers appeared fatigued from the ordeal.

“They were clapping and cheering when they saw land,” said Subic shipboard inspector Norberto Montibon.

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