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St. Lucia offers condolences to kin of 3 killed in ship fire

Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014, 22:24 by GxMedia

San Juan, Dec 15 (EFE).- The government of St. Lucia on Monday offered condolences to the families of three people who died last week in a fire aboard a cruise ship docked in Castries.

“I wish to offer the greatest support on behalf of the people of Saint Lucia to the victims of the fire. At this juncture, I also wish to commend the response teams for their timely and efficient handling of the incident,” Tourism Minister Lorne Theophilus said in a statement.

A fire broke out last Thursday in the engine room of the Insignia, operated by Oceania Cruises, which left San Juan on Dec. 8 for a 10-day cruise around the Caribbean.

Two contractors and a member of the ship’s crew were killed.

Built in 1998, the Insignia was refurbished this year and has 684 double-occupancy cabins.