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Ship Catches Fire and Sinks in Burmese Waters

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Authorities said the MV Blue Star owned by Chalong Sea Sports, caught fire and then sank in the Andaman Sea while on a week-long diving trip. There were about 20 divers and crew members on board and all of them were rescued by a fishing boat that happened to be passing by the area. However, a great deal of diving gear and other belongings went down with the ship. The tragedy was confirmed by Pekka Torri, the Finnish principal of Chalong. Meanwhile, Phuket News reported that the blaze may have been triggered by an electrical glitch, but Mr. Torri stated that he has yet to verify that it was indeed the cause of the fire.
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