PEI ferry fire : all 182 passengers were rescued

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A fire broke out on board a ferry that connects the Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island Friday morning.

A fire broke out on board the ferry Holiday Island, of Northumberland Ferries, which operates between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. Evacuation of passengers has been completed and no injuries have been reported.

All 182 passengers were safely evacuated, according to the Air Response Team and maritime in Atlantic Canada.

As of early afternoon, 18 crew members and seven firefighters were still on board the ferry battling the blaze.

Passengers are evacuated from the ferry near the terminal in Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island, July 22, 2022.

The fire broke out around 11 a.m. in the ship's engine room after it had been at sea for about an hour. The ferry then returned to the terminal in Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island.

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is asking people not to go to the terminal.

Ferry passengers were evacuated following a fire on board.

Crossings between the two provinces are canceled for the rest of the day.

The extent of the damage to the boat is not known at this time.

A fire broke out on the Holiday Island ferry in Prince Edward Island on Friday.

Calling the day scary in an afternoon statement, Prince Edward Island Premier Dennis King thanked first responders, carrier personnel and all the volunteers who made everyone to get out safe and sound.

I also thank the Health PEI team, who quickly prepared for the possible arrival a large number of patients; fortunately this was not necessary, he wrote.

He added that the province, its office of emergency measures and the Red Cross will continue to support survivors should they need anything over the next few days.

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Dennis King also said he spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to tell him about the importance of the ferry to the island. Mr. Trudeau offered him federal assistance to quickly restore service.

Built 50 years ago, the Holiday Island made the repaired a few years ago. In 2016, elected officials and business people on the island asked the federal government to replace the ferry because they doubted its reliability.

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