Speaking to the Australian Associated Press one of the guests said the vessel was evacuated quickly: “One of the crew knocked on the door and said ‘fire, fire’... We just got organised and got in the raft in the water.” The guests were subsequently rescued by a passing container vessel that responded to a distress call. They were then transferred to Cairns Marina at midday, local time. Nobody was seriously hurt.
The McCloy Group, the holding company that owns Seafaris, has issued a statement confirming that the fire started in the vessel’s engine room. A salvage operation will begin in the coming days.