Ill-fated cruise ship Insignia finally leaves St Lucia following deadly fire

insignia-cruise-ship-740CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Friday December 19, 2014, CMC – More than a week after three people were killed when fire broke out on the cruise ship, Insignia, the vessel left Port Castries after being towed away by a tug from Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday night.

The Insignia will be transported to Puerto Rico for repairs.

The St Lucia Air and Seaports Authority said two South Korean contractors and a Filipino crew member were killed after fire broke out in the engine room of the cruise liner that was docked here with 656 passengers and 400 crew members.

Post mortem examinations are scheduled to be done sometime this week, after which the bodies will be flown back home.

An investigation is being led by the Marshall Islands, where the ship is registered, and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has sent officials there to help. The Insignia was on a 10-day cruise through the Caribbean.

The ship was built in 1998 and underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishing earlier this year.

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