Friday, March 24, 2006
A fire broke out aboard a cruise ship Thursday as it sailed through the Caribbean sea, leaving one passenger dead and 11 others injured, according to reports reaching here from the Jamaican capital of Kingston. The fire broke out at around 3:00 a.m. local time (0800 GMT) in the passenger accommodations and spread to adjacent cabins when the Star Princess was traveling between the Cayman Islands and MontegoBay, Jamaica, said the reports.
One passenger died of a heart attack while two suffered "significant smoke inhalation injuries" and nine others had "minor complications resulting from smoke inhalation," the Miami-based Carnival Corp., which owns the cruise ship, said in a statement. The dead man was identified as 75-year-old Richard Liffidge from Georgia, Jamaican police said, adding that more than 100 cabins were scorched after the crew put out the fire, the cause of which was not immediately known. The Star Princess departed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on March 19 with 2,690 passengers and 1,123 crew on board, and was bound for the Caribbean and the Mexican coast.