The crew of a cargo ship carrying luxury vehicles had to be rescued after a fire engulfed the vessel in the Atlantic Ocean.
The 200-meter-long cargo ship Felicity Ace burst into flames on Wednesday while traveling in the North Atlantic near the Azores in Portugal.
It would transport a number of luxury vehicles, including Porsches and Volkswagens, from Emden in Germany to Davisville, Rhode Island.
The Associated Press reported that the ship had a capacity of 17,000 metric tons of cargo, which is about the space needed for a thousand vehicles.
Speaking to CNN Business last week, Porsche confirmed a number of its vehicles were on board the burning vessel and said customers were now being contacted by their dealerships.
Volkswagen spokesman Dirk Ameer also confirmed the company had vehicles on board.
“We are aware of an incident involving a third-party freighter carrying Volkswagen Group vehicles across the Atlantic. The vessel was en route to North America,” Ameer said in a statement.
“At the moment, we are not aware of any injuries. We are in contact with the shipping company to obtain more information on the incident.”
Video released by the Portuguese Air Force shows the daring rescue of the 22-member crew of the Felicity Ace.
A statement from the Portuguese Navy said the crew were taken safely to a hotel in Portugal after the rescue was coordinated by the Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center in Ponta Delgada.
The ship is now reported to be floating in the ocean, abandoned, as the fire spreads rapidly.
The shipping company’s Japanese owner, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), is arranging tow the vessel to port.