More than 500 passengers were being evacuated on Wednesday from a ship that caught fire about a mile off Puerto Rico’s north coast.
The fire was still burning aboard the Caribbean Fantasy, a combination cruise and ferry vessel, as the U.S. Coast Guard began bringing passengers into the San Juan harbor while helicopters whirred overhead.
The extent of injuries was not immediately clear. Several dozen people who were carried in on stretchers were being treated for dehydration and shock.
Anguished relatives, including Hilda Pereira, pushed their way onto the scene. Her daughter, whom she has not seen for 14 years, was aboard the boat.