Norway Cruise Ship Catches Fire; 2 Dead

All 262 passengers evacuated
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2011 8:20 AM CDT
Smoke rises from the Norwegian cruise ship, MS Nordlys, one of the classic Hurtigruten ships alongside in Alesund in western Norway, Thursday Sept. 15, 2011.   (AP Photo/Scanpix)
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(Newser) – Rescue crews evacuated a cruise ship carrying 262 passengers off the coast of Norway today, after a fire broke out on board. At least two people are dead, police tell the AP, and four others are missing. The first 106 evacuees were taken to shore on lifeboats, but the rest simply disembarked when the ship reached harbor in Alesund. Six people were taken to the hospital, and officials say at least two have serious burns and smoke injuries. The company operating the ship says crews are searching it to ensure it's been fully evacuated.

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