10 Oct 2010

Ferry passengers and crew rescued after fire

9:22 am on 10 October 2010

More than 200 passengers and crew have been evacuated after a ferry caught fire in the Baltic Sea near the German island of Fehmarn.

The German Maritime Emergency Centre said about 28 people were injured and 23 are still in hospital.

Their injuries are described as light, mostly smoke inhalation.

There were reports of an explosion on board early on Saturday, but officials said the cause of the fire was not clear.

Firefighters were still working to put out the flames at midday on Saturday.

The Lisco Gloria, a Lithuanian passenger and car ferry, was on route from the German port of Kiel to Klaipeda in Lithuania when the fire broke out after midnight.

The BBC reports it had 236 passengers and crew on board.