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Ferry with 300 People Reaches Port in Lithuania

October 02, 2018 - 1:11 pm
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A ferry stranded in the Baltic Sea with about 300 people on board has reached a port in Lithuania with a navy escort.

The Regina Seaways ferry, operated by Copenhagen-based DFDS, got stuck Tuesday after a malfunction that led to smoke pouring from the engine room. The crew was able to restart the main engine after more than four hours.

A spokeswoman for the port of Klaipeda, Dovile Ringis, told reporters the ferry managed to reach Klaipeda at 9:30 p.m. powered by its own engines despite strong wind and waves.

Ringis says emergency crews were ready to help the vessel's passengers and crew.

The ferry started its journey in Kiel, Germany.

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7:35 p.m.

Lithuania's Defense Ministry says that the crew of a ferry stranded in the Baltic Sea with about 300 people on board has managed to restart the main engine and the vessel is now heading toward its original destination.

The Regina Seaways ferry, operated by Copenhagen-based DFDS, got stuck after a malfunction that led to smoke pouring from the engine room. The crew had prepared the ferry's passengers for evacuation, but in the end that wasn't necessary.

The ferry, which started its journey in Kiel, Germany, is now heading to the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda.

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