April 7, 1997 in Nation/World

Crew Member Dies In Cruise Ship Fire

Compiled From Wire Services
 

Fire broke out in a hallway of the Vistafjord cruise ship, killing one crew member Sunday and injuring two others.

The German crew member was found a deck above where the fire started next to a linen locker and the laundry, said Bill Spears, spokesman for Cunard Line Ltd.

“It appears to be smoke inhalation,” Spears said.

A passenger also suffered a broken wrist and a crew member sprained his ankle. No other injuries were reported on the ship, which carried 991 passengers and crew.

The ship sailed from Fort Lauderdale late Saturday, bound for the island of Madeira off the coast of Portugal. After the fire, it was diverted to Freeport, Bahamas, where it was likely to remain for two days, Spears said.


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