Passengers and crew of a New Zealand ferry are forced to jump into the sea after the vessel catches fire. Mana Rabiee reports.
Ferry fire forces passengers to jump
A ferry ride in in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty went plenty wrong on Monday.
The vessel caught on fire, forcing all 53 passengers and seven crew on board to abandon the vessel and jump into the sea.
TV3 New Zealand said the coast guard, and police search and rescue were called in to help and to pull people from the water.
All passengers and crew on board the ferry were accounted for, it said.
Several passengers were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, with one suffering from smoke inhalation.
The ferry eventually sank underwater and there was no immediate word about the cause of the disaster.