In­signia Leaves Saint Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

In­signia, the Mi­ami-based cruise liner, left Saint Lu­cia on Fri­day after a port call on Thurs­day De­cem­ber 11 ended trag­i­cally. An en­gine room fire aboard the lux­ury cruise ship killed three peo­ple. The ship was at the time docked at port Castries when the in­ci­dent oc­curred about 8:30 am Thurs­day.

The pres­i­dent of the cruise company, as well as en­gi­neers, were all flown to Saint Lu­cia by the company fol­low­ing the fire; pas­sen­gers were flown to their coun­try of ori­gin.

Fol­low­ing ini­tial as­sess­ments by the en­gi­neers, the ves­sel was towed away to Trinidad for fur­ther re­pairs. It is ex­pected to then be taken to Puerto Rico.

Two South Korean con­trac­tors and a Filipino crew mem­ber were those who per­ished in the fire.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing led by the Mar­shall Is­lands, where the ship is regis­tered, and the U.S. Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board has sent of­fi­cials there to help. The In­signia was on a 10-day cruise through the Caribbean that had been sched­uled to end in Mi­ami De­cem­ber 17.

The In­signia: fol­low­ing a fa­tal in­ci­dent on board, left port Castries Fri­day.

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