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Fire Grows on Ship in Southwest Iceland

Between 30 and 40 fire fighters are currently working to put out the fire on the tramp steamer Fernanda, which caught fire on Wednesday 20 kilometers south of Vestmannaeyjar (The Westman Islands) and was towed into Hafnarfjörður harbor, Southwest Iceland, this morning, reports.

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A massive plume of smoke can be seen rising from the ship in Hafnarfjörður harbor. When the ship came into harbor a team of smoke divers was sent aboard the ship to assess the situation. After that, it was decided to try to open space in the bridge of the ship but the vessel erupted into smoke.

The ship was on its way to Hafnarfjörður when a fire broke out in the ship’s engine room. When the crew were unable to control the fire, two Coast Guard helicopters were sent to the scene. A pilot boat and rescue boat were also sent from Vestmannaeyjar.

The crew of 11 were rescued by helicopter and flown to Reykjavík.

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