Dozens evacuated after fire on ferry off Istanbul

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 02, 2013 10:54 AM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Dozens of passengers were evacuated from a tourist ferry off the coast of Istanbul on Tuesday after a fire started on the vessel, but there were no immediate reports of serious injuries.

Turkish television showed smoke pouring from the back of the vessel, several hundred meters (yards) from the shore, as two other ferries drew up to rescue the stranded passengers. The cause of the fire was unknown.

State-run news channel TRT said all passengers were safely evacuated from the ferry, which was travelling between Istanbul and the popular Princes' Islands in the Sea of Marmara. It said some were taken to hospital after inhaling smoke.

(Writing by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Nick Tattersall and Robin Pomeroy)