A fire broke out aboard A-ROSA Riva yesterday, resulting in a full evacuation and several people requiring medical treatment.
The fire started in the Sauna area of the Spa, around 1 p.m., as the ship sailed along the Danube, near the town of Melk. The ship was operating a cruise between Linz and Budapest. It is not yet clear what caused the fire.
Eight people were treated for smoke inhalation, and two crew members who tried to extinguish the blaze were airlifted to hospital.
190 passengers and crew were evacuated from the ship by rescue boats and transferred to the nearby river bank and another river ship, Travelmarvel Sapphire, which dropped anchor to assist in the evacuation operation.
Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but not before the fire caused significant damage to the spa and surrounding public spaces. Large flames and smoke were visible from the outside of the ship, and partially spread to the upper deck as the A-ROSA Flussschiff vessel sailed along the Danube.
Guests have been put up in hotels, and the remainder of the river cruise has been cancelled. A-ROSA Riva remains in working order, and will sail to a nearby shipyard back in Linz.