Thirty-seven international tourists on board the Vietnamese cruise vessel, Aphrodite jumped for their lives to escape a fire that engulfed their vessel in the popular Ha Long Bay in northern Vietnam.
Miraculously no one perished in the blaze but a passenger described the panic that set in once those herded on to the top deck realised the fast-approaching flames were headed towards them.
“The fire alarms had gone off when we’re sitting around having brunch,” the passenger said.
“The ship’s manager said don’t panic and it was just the engine overheating and there was no cause for alarm.
“Everyone carried on with their cups of tea.”
The smell of smoke grew stronger as the ship docked back in the bay.
It turned out that was a really bad place to be, when flames started lapping the top deck. We had to jump there was no alternative.
The cause of the fire is unknown, the vessel burnt to the water line and sunk.