The 65-metre Eid tourist ferry boat caught fire shortly after 8:00 p.m. Friday night, August 17, close to the famous Pulpit Rock tourist destination.
Image: Port of Stavanger (Norway)
Nearby leisure sailing ships and motor boats rescued the passengers onboard, with a single trimaran taking close to twenty.
According to Johan Mannsaker, duty officer at the Norwegian rescue services command centre, Eid had suffered an engine failure with overheating.
The evacuated people were sent to the village of Oanes and met by medical staff and police officers.
So far, injuries have not been reported.
By 9:00 p.m. the burning vessel was towed out the fjord by another ferry, MF Finnoy.