A freighter carrying Porsches and Volkswagen vehicles was abandoned after catching fire in the mid-Atlantic, the crew were rescued and the ship was left adrift.
It is not yet clear what caused the fire aboard the Felicity Ace, but all crew members were rescued from the vessel, industry website Auto Evolution reported.
Among the cars believed to be on the ship is a Porsche 718 Spyder belonging to You Tube star Matt Farah.
“I just got the call from my dealer. My car is now adrift, possibly on fire, in the middle of the ocean,” he tweeted.
A Porsche app referenced the incident but did not appear to provide details of the issue. “We are aware of an incident aboard the Felicity Ace, a specialist freighter carrying certain Porsche vehicles. Your dealer will provide you with further information on how this affects you as soon as we have additional information and know the full extent of the problem,” the post reportedly read.
The Associated Press reported that the crew members were taken to the island of Faial in the Azores, about 100 miles from the ship, and were staying in local hotels. A Portuguese navy commander told the AP that the ship’s massive size would likely prevent it from being towed to the port in the Azores. It is unclear where the ship will eventually end up.
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