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Friday, May 21, 1999 Published at 10:20 GMT 11:20 UK

World: Asia-Pacific

Picture gallery: Luxury liner horror

Thanks largely to good weather, all of the thousand people aboard the cruise liner, the Sun Vista, were saved after the ship caught fire.

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Survivors said they were having tea when the captain ordered them to abandon ship. They had plenty of time to board rescue boats and leave the burning Sun Vista.

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According to the marine police, a fire broke out in the engine room and the crew were unable to contain it.

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After spending several hours in lifeboats, more than 1,100 passengers were picked up by other vessels.

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Some passengers needed immediate medical treatment for shock, while others spoke of scenes of hysteria on board as news of the fire spread.

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Many passengers had to scramble into the rescue boats in a panic. Some lost all their personal belongings.

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The British High Commission in Malaysia will help the British tourists that were on board the Sun Vista.

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