May 6, 2006

Fire out on cruise liner off England: coastguard

LONDON (Reuters) - Crew members managed to put out a fire
in the engine room of a cruise liner with 708 people aboard off
the coast of southeast England early on Saturday, a British
coastguard official said.

"They smothered the engine room ... and they have managed
to extinguish the fire," said the official in the seaport of
Dover, where the coastguard is coordinating the rescue.

He said a call from the ship came in at 4 a.m. (0300 GMT)
and fire and rescue services scrambled to reach the vessel. He
said it was called "The Calypso" and was operated by Louis
Cruise Lines.

The official said firefighters were now on board the cruise
ship assessing the situation in the engine room.

"It's very unlikely we will evacuate," he said.

Sky TV said earlier that the liner was 16 miles off
Eastbourne, a seaside town on the southeast English coast.

The nationalities of the passengers were not immediately