A cargo ship full of luxury cars was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean after a rapidly spreading fire on board forced the crew to escape. Measuring at 656 feet, the Felicity Ace roll-on/roll-off car-carrying ship caught on fire in the North Atlantic on Wednesday. It is carrying cargo, including Porsches and Volkswagens.
It started its trip from Emden, Germany, and was supposed to arrive at Davisville, Rhode Island. The fire started as the ship was sailing 90 nautical miles southwest of Portugal’s Azores, according to a statement from the Portuguese Navy. As the fire broke out and spread, it forced all 22 crew members to abandon the ship.
The crew was safely picked up and taken to a local hotel, with the rescue being coordinated by the Ponta Delgada Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre. According to the statement, there has been no noticeable source of pollution from the fire. The owner of the sip arranged for it to be towed as it continued to burn.
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