Practically 4,000 automobiles, together with Audis, Porches and Lamborghinis, had been going up in smoke on a freighter that caught hearth within the Atlantic Ocean close to the coast of Portugal’s Azores islands.
The Panama-flagged Felicity Ace was carrying Volkswagen Group autos from Germany to the US, a VW spokesperson stated on Friday.
It caught hearth on Wednesday night, and Portugal’s navy and air pressure rescued its 22-strong-crew.
Rescuers used a helicopter to evacuate 22 crew members
Felicity Ace adrift close to Azores
An inner e mail from Volkswagen US stated the ship carried 3,965 autos of the VW, Porsche, Audi and Lamborghini manufacturers.
A Porsche spokesperson confirmed almost 1,100 Porsche autos had been on board. Audi additionally stated a few of its automobiles had been on the ship however didn’t state what number of.
The Portuguese navy was keeping track of the burning ship.
A Dutch salvage firm would look at the potential for towing the ship to a port, based on the Portuguese information company Lusa.
lo/dj (Reuters, DPA)