Amazon Cruise Ship Sinks, Five Missing

Aqua Amazon

By MarEx 2016-07-17 18:06:47

A cruise ship sank in the Amazon River on Saturday after an explosion. Five of the Aqua Amazon’s crew are apparently missing and several others injured. There were no passengers onboard at the time.

The vessel, operated by Aqua Expeditions, was undergoing a routine re-stocking when an accident occurred that caused an explosion and resulted in the sinking of the ship. 

The company has issued a statement saying: “All efforts are being made to get a better understanding of the status of the missing crew. The entire operations team is on the ground providing logistical support with local emergency services.”

The cause of the incident is currently under investigation. 

The 130-foot-long Aqua Amazon was built in 2007 and is designed to transport 24 passengers and 17 crew. It was refurbished in 2013.

Another fire-related incident occurred earlier this year on the Amazon River. Two passengers died earlier after a cabin fire on an International Expeditions ship.