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Cruise Passengers now being evacuated

Published:Thursday | March 23, 2006 | 12:15 PM

Emergency teams are now evacuating passengers from the Star Princess cruise ship which caught fire off the coast of Montego Bay about 4:30 this morning.

One person has so far been confirmed dead and several others have received burn injuries.

Close to three thousand passengers were on the vessel.

President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, JHTA Horace Peterkin says the Association is making arrangements for accommodation of the passengers locally as well as for flights out of the island.