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Ferry Stranded in Baltic Sea with 335 People Onboard

By ,   October 2, 2018 ,   Accidents

Almost 300 ferry passengers have been stranded after an engine breakdown in Baltic Sea.

The ship sent out a distress call following a reported explosion in the engine room at 11:45 a.m. (UK time).

According to Danish ferry operator DFDS, the malfunction onboard Regina Seaways produced smoke, which triggered the fire extinguishing system of the ferry in the engine room.

Regina Seaways ferry

The cruise company said that a total of 294 passengers were onboard. No crew members or passengers have been injured.

DFDS said that its passengers were assembled at ferry's muster stations to prepare for possible evacuation, but it wasn't necessary because the situation was under control.

According to the statement, the extent of the damage wasn't yet known. Regina Seaways, which also had trucks and cars onboard, was sailing between the port of Kiel and Klaipeda, Lithuania.

The vessel was set to be towed to Klaipeda, according to the report.

A spokesman for Lithuanian air force said that a military helicopter had been sent to the scene and two more had been on standby.

The ferry was in international waters off Kaliningrad, between Lithuania and Poland.