Raw: Passenger ship on fire off Whakatane coast

Emergency services are on their way off the coast of Whakatane after reports a passenger ship is on fire. Police Northern Communications Centre spokesman Inspector Peter Raynes said the call came in at 3.45 that help was needed after the passenger ship got into difficulty. The boat is reportedly a White Island tour boat. Police say there are up to 30 or 40 people on board. People are being taken off the PeeJay Tour boat and put on to a smaller vessel.

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