An engine room explosion on a ferry in the Baltic Sea has left 335 people stranded

YouTube/Dj Den KotA screengrab from a YouTube video showing DFDS ferry Regina Seaways arriving into Lithuania.
  • Regina Seaways, a ferry travelling from Germany to Lithuania, suffered an explosion in its engine room on Tuesday afternoon.
  • The ship caught fire, and was left stranded with 335 people on board.
  • The Lithuanian military says the fire is out and it is dispatching rescue boats to the vessel.
  • DFDS confirmed the accident in a statement to Business Insider.

A ferry with 335 people on board suffered an explosion in its engine room which left it stranded in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday.

Regina Seaways, a vessel operated by Danish company DFDS, suffered the malfunction around 1 p.m. local time on a journey from Kiel, Germany, to Klaipeda, Lithuania, the company told Business Insider in a statement.

DFDS said smoke from the blast triggered fire extinguishers, which brought the situation under control. It said nobody was hurt.

The Lithuanian military, as cited by the Reuters news agency, said a total of 335 people were on board. It said that a helicopter and four ferries were heading to the ship to carry out a rescue.

DFDS said: “The extent of the damage is not yet fully known, and it is not yet clear whether the ship can continue under its own power or by tugboat assistance.”

The ferry is off the coast the Russian city of Kaliningrad. A Greek news outlet, Sigma Live, posted what appears to be an image of the ferry.

https://twitter.com/Sigmalivecom/status/1047105774118477827?ref_src=twsrc^tfw

Russian rescuers have also been mobilized for the rescue operation, Russian state news outlet RT reported.

The ship was built in 2010 and carries up to 500 passengers.

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