Published On: Mon, Jan 18th, 2016

White Island Tours cruise ship on fire in New Zealand

burning-new-zealandJoin the White Island Tours crew aboard the luxury cruiser ‘PeeJay’ for a 6 hour adventure to explore New Zealand’s only active marine volcano – White Island. This is the tour description for New Zealand’s tour operator White Island Tour.

This adventure turned very adventurist and live threatening for 60 passengers on board this White Island Tours cruise ship when a fire broke out on board one kilometer off the northeastern coast of New Zealand’s North Island near the town of Whakatane.

Passengers on board a burning ship were forced to jump into the water to escape the flames.

Emergency services received reports of a ferry on fire off the coast of Whakatane about 3.45pm.

Rescue teams and local boats have responded to the emergency, pulling dozens of escaping people from water.

Police said 57 passengers and 7 crew members were onboard the 75-foot tourist vessel, which was on its way back from White Island at the time.

All were now believed to be safely ashore.

RadioLIVE has described chaotic scenes, with some passengers and crew jumping overboard to escape the burning vessel while small local boats hurry to save them.