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Russian research ship catches fire off Norway coast

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A fire broke out on board the Russian expedition vessel Akademik Lazarev conducting research some 70 nautical miles (130 kilometers) away from the Norwegian coast, the Norwegian News Agency (NTB) reported early on Monday.

A fire broke out on board the Russian expedition vessel Akademik Lazarev conducting research some 70 nautical miles (130 kilometers) away from the Norwegian coast, the Norwegian News Agency (NTB) reported early on Monday.

None of the 30 people on board the ship has been hurt, the report said, quoting a spokesman for the Main Rescue Coordination Center for Southern Norway, Asbjoern Viste.

Three rescue helicopters and a firefighting vessel have been sent to the site. The cause of the fire, which broke out in one of the vessel's cabins, is yet to be established.

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