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Coast Guard responds to fire aboard cruise ship en route to Puerto Vallarta

November 8, 2010 |  3:41 pm

The U.S. Coast Guard is sending three cutters and a helicopter to a cruise ship that has reported a fire en route from Long Beach to Puerta Vallarta.

The 952-foot Carnival Splendor is reported to be 150 miles south of San Diego, the Coast Guard said. There are no reports of injuries to passengers or crew, but smoke remains in the aft engine room and the ship's fire crews remain at work.

The Mexican Navy is also sending a patrol boat and aircraft.

The Carnival Splendor has 3,299 passengers and 1,167 crew members. Family members can call (888) 290-5095.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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