Posted on February 26, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire erupted in the engine room of the Malaysian Ferry, Dragon Star 1, in the afternoon of February the 25th.
The incident occurred at approximately 14:48 local time. The Dragon Star had just left the Kuah Ferry Terminal in Langkawi and was headed for Kuala Perlis.
The ferry was carrying more than 50 passengers at the time, all of which had to be evacuated.
Initially, one of the passengers noticed the fire and smoke coming from the engine room and proceeded to raise the alarm.
As the fire grew, many passengers jumped in the sea to escape.
The Malaysian Coast Guard (MCG) immediately dispatched two rescue boats to the scene, that were aided by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and good Samaritan vessels that were operating in the area.
"The Langkawi maritime operations center received a distress call and coordinated the rescue effort along with the marine police, marine department, navy and civil defense force," said the MCG in a statement.
Firemen proceeded to board the ferry in order to put out the fire and ensure no passengers were trapped in the burning vessel.
All passengers and crew were successfully rescued and were placed on two passenger boats before being sent to Langkawi Island.
Two individuals sustained injuries as a result of the fire and had to be evacuated.
Due to the extent of the damage on the ferry, it will most likely have to be declared a total loss.
This is the 2nd incident involving Dragon Star Shipping in recent months.
Local authorities have opened an investigation into the incident, and are considering changing the standard operating procedures for the ferries operating in the area.