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Whale watching boat catches fire

Fire was detected onboard the whale-watching boat Hafsúlan when it was cruising in Faxaflói Bay off Reykjavík last night. Seventy-five people were onboard, who all escaped unharmed.

According to Fréttabladid, only one passenger was taken to the hospital with symptoms of minor smoke inhalation.

The fire started in the boat’s engine room, though the cause of the fire is unknown, Morgunbladid reports.

Hafsúlan’s captain turned the boat around and steered it back to port. By the time it had reached the harbor the crew had put out the fire and the passengers, mostly foreign tourists, were invited to continue their tour on a different boat, Eldingin.

According to one of the whale watching company’s, Hvalskodun Reykjavíkur’s, owners, Ragnheidur Grétarsdóttir, most passengers accepted the offer. The second tour was successful, she said, everyone spotted whales.

Though everything went well and appeared to be under control, the fire department and emergency services were ready to assist if necessary. A Coast Guard Helicopter followed Hafsúlan until it had safely returned to port.

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