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Car ferry carrying 300 people ablaze off Sweden coast

World news. A large rescue operation was underway off the Swedish coast where a car ferry with 300 people on board was on fire said Swedish maritime authorities.

“There is a fire on the car deck,” Swedish Maritime Administration spokesman Jonas Franzen told AFP, adding that three helicopters and seven vessels had been dispatched to the scene and an evacuation of the ship had begun.

The reason for the fire is not yet known and there was no immediate reports of injuries.

The ship, the Stena Scandica, was located off the island of Gotska Sandon off Sweden’s southeastern coast.

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