74 tourist passengers yesterday were safely rescued from a passenger ferry by Krabi Marine Police after a fire broke out in its engine room and spread out. The ferry, reported to be ‘Jet Cruise 3’ departed Rassada port in Phuket heading for the island of Phi Phi in Krabi. The fire broke out at around 10.30 am when the ship was at Maya Bay and the Marine Police were notified for assistance. Speed boats were sent to rescue all 74 passengers and 5 crew members who were safely evacuated and taken to Phi Phi Don. Krabi Governor Siwa Sirisaowaluck, who led related officials to the scene, told Andaman News that the authority had tried its best to accommodate tourists and passengers by providing food, clothing and accommodation. There were no injuries from this incident. He said the fire was presumed to have started from a fuel pipe leak and sparked by hot turbo engine. After it was evacuated, the boat sank in the sea.