A fire safety drill was conducted on tourist boats in Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh on October 6 for the first time.

Police officers from Quang Ninh’s Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting Department, and the Water Way Police Office under the Provincial Police Department, together with the Ha Long Bay Management Board and Syrena Cruise staff took part in the fire practice.

One fireboat, one rescue boat and 15 firefighters responded to the simulation, in which a cruise ship went up in flames with passengers still on board.

Ten passengers called for help on the left side of the ship, and, led by the captain, escaped through a fire exit and came ashore on a lifeboat.

Three other passengers jumped into the sea and were saved by the bay’s rescue team.

The fireboat arrived at the scene just in time, helping the boat’s crew extinguish the fire within 10 minutes.

According to an officer, the fire drill went smoothly and was a complete success.-VNA