Russia Cruise Ship Fire Pyotr Tchaikovsky Passengers Evacuated – At around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2019, 320 people, including 240 cruise ship passengers and 80 crew members, had to be evacuated from the cruise ship Sergey Diaghilev, when the four-story river cruise ship, Pyotr Tchaikovsky caught fire, which reportedly began in the galley. Pyotr Tchaikovsky was docked next to Sergey Diaghilev.
Local media has reported one person was killed in the fire.
A New Zealand couple has reported they were evacuated from their cruise ship in Russia. John and Chris Burton from Dunedin, New Zealand were on board the Sergey Diaghilev docked at Oktyabrskaya Embankment in the Russian city of St. Petersburg.
The Burtons were on an 11-day cruise to the Russian capital of Moscow with more than 240 passengers and 80 crew members.
The Burtons stated, “There was a knock on their door and a crew member motioned for them to grab life jackets and get on-shore. We joined a large gathering and noted the arrival of several fire trucks followed by ambulances. We had literally nothing but our sleepwear.”
Emergency services vehicles arrived until there were about 12 fire trucks and six ambulances. A man in poor condition, naked from the waist up, was carried past on a stretcher.
The Sergey Dyagilev is a Dmitriy Furmanov-class Soviet/Russian river cruise ship, cruising in the Volga – Neva basin. The ship was built by VEB Elbewerften Boizenburg/Roßlau at their shipyard in Boizenburg, East Germany, and entered service in 1983. The ship is named after Russian art critic, patron, ballet impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes Sergei Diaghilev.
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