The 512 passengers on board the Caribbean Fantasy have been safely evacuated after a fire broke out in the ship's engine room earlier today. The large ship was traveling from Puerto Rico to Santo Domingo, a route it travels several times a week.
The U.S. Coast Guard said all 26 crew members have been removed from the boat.
The passenger ship was one mile from the San Juan Harbor, off the coast of Puerto Rico, when it caught fire.
According to The Associated Press, one of the ship's mechanics said a hose carrying fuel burst open and caught fire in the control room. The mechanics reportedly attempted to extinguish the fire for two hours. Authorities are still trying to control the blaze.
AHORA: Helicóptero de FURA sobrevuela crucero de America Cruise Ferries donde hay aprox. 512 personas. pic.twitter.com/nMpgzJOZK6— Policía Puerto Rico (@PRPDNoticias) August 17, 2016
Several dozen passengers were treated for dehydration, high blood pressure and respiratory problems from the smoke, the AP reported. Many of the passengers were Dominican. Emergency officials are standing by if individuals require medical assistance.
AHORA: Agentes de FURA atienden emergencia en crucero American CruIse Ferries en costas de SJ pic.twitter.com/ctVLncGL95— Policía Puerto Rico (@PRPDNoticias) August 17, 2016