Udpate: The Azamara Quest cruise ship has docked at Sandakan, Malaysia. U.S. Consular Officers are on hand to assist U.S. citizens. You can follow @USEmbassyKL on Twitter for additional updates.
We are aware of reports that a fire broke out and was subsequently put out on board the Azamara Quest cruise ship in the Sulu Sea en route to Sandakan, Malaysia. The cruise line has stated that five crew members were injured, including one seriously. There have been no reports of any injuries among the passengers. The cruise line reported that propulsion has been restored and the ship will sail to Sandakan, Malaysia and all passengers will disembark.
The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has responsibility for providing consular services for U.S. citizens in Sandakan, on the Island of Borneo, and has sent a consular service team to Sandakan to provide assistance to American citizen passengers on board the Azamara Quest.
We understand there are US citizens on board and are prepared to offer all appropriate consular assistance, if requested. We are not aware of any injuries to US citizens. Due to privacy considerations, we are unable to provide any further information about these passengers without their permission. Inquiries may be addressed to the U.S. Department of State at telephone 1-888-407-4747.
Embassy officials are in contact with the Malaysian authorities and cruise line representatives. We appreciate the assistance of Malaysian authorities throughout this incident.