Engine room flood on Falklands ship Endurance
BRITISH Royal Navy Patrol Ship HMS Endurance has suffered an engine room flood off the coast of Chile.
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the incident saying the flood has left her without main power and propulsion: "An investigation is underway into the exact cause of the incident," said a release from the Ministry of Defence. "The flooding has now been contained and the ship is currently being held in safe water by her anchor in the Strait of Magellan. The Norwegian SunCruise liner is nearby and is ready to provide assistance if needed. The press release continues: "Our top priority is the safety of those onboard. Royal Navy personnel are highly trained in emergency incidents and are well equipped to deal with the situation. The crew recently underwent an intensive period of training prior to deployment. "A Chilean Navy puma helicopter has already taken 10 civilians off the ship as a precaution. A Chilean Tug and Maritime Patrol Aircraft are also on route to assist if required." The mission of HMS Enduranceis to, "â€¦to patrol and survey the Antarctic and South Atlantic, maintaining Sovereign Presence with Defence Diplomacy and supporting the global community of Antarctica". This involves close links with the Foreign Office, United Kingdom Hydrographic Office and the British Antarctic Survey. She deploys annually to the Antarctic, her operating area for 7 months of the year. by Lisa Johnson - SeAled PR - Stanley