Cruise ship drifting after fire off Philippines

March 31, 2012
FILE - The Maltese registered cruise ship , Azamara Quest, sails through the Suez canal, Egypt, in this April 30, 2010 file photo from the Red sea towards the Mediterranean sea on its way to Athens. The fire on the Azamara Quest started late Friday, March 30, 2012 a day after the ship left Manila for Sandakan, Malaysia, and was immediately put out, said coast guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Algier Ricafrente. Five crew members were injured. (AP Photo/File)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine coast guard says a fire disabled engines on a foreign cruise ship with about 1,000 people on board and that the vessel is drifting in waters south of Manila.

Lt. Cmdr. Algier Ricafrente says the fire late Friday on the Azamara Quest was immediately put out but one crew member was injured. It left Manila on Thursday. He says there were no other details about the incident.

Ricafrente says two coast guard vessels and a patrol boat are expected to reach the ship late Saturday. He says it was about 75 nautical miles southwest of the Philippines' Tubbataha Reef when the coast guard received the report.

The ship says in a statement on its Facebook page that no passengers were injured and that the vessel is running on emergency power in "calm seas" near Indonesia's Borneo Island.