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Fire Subsides on Huge Cargo Ship Adrift in mid-Atlantic
Fire Subsides on Huge Cargo Ship Adrift in mid-Atlantic

Lisbon, Portugal, 22 Feb (ONA) --- A fire aboard a ship carrying cars in the mid-Atlantic is dying out, a Portuguese navy officer said today. The huge vessel is expected to be towed to the Bahamas.

The blaze on the Felicity Ace has burned for six days near Portugal’s Azores Islands. A Portuguese Air Force helicopter evacuated the 22 crew members last week, leaving the 200-meter-long (650-foot-long) vessel adrift.

Two ocean-going tugboats with firefighting equipment have hosed down the ship’s hull to cool it.

Two more tugboats were expected to arrive by the end of the week.

The cause of the fire is not known, though suspicion has fallen on lithium batteries in electric vehicles the Felicity Ace was taking from Germany to the United States.

--- Ends/KH

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