Civilians aboard HMCS Protecteur safely ashore

Family members of the crew aboard ill-fated HMCS Protecteur have been delivered safely to Pearl...

Family members of the crew aboard ill-fated HMCS Protecteur have been delivered safely to Pearl Harbor. (NATIONAL DEFENCE PHOTO/QMI AGENCY)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:15 PM ET

OTTAWA — Family members of the crew aboard ill-fated HMCS Protecteur have been delivered safely to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, by an American ship.

About 300 people, including 20 civilians and family members of the crew, had to be rescued after a fire broke out inside engine room last Wednesday.

The ship — one of the Canadian navy's two supply vessels — was heading to Esquimalt, B.C., when the fire broke out.

After the fire, it had to be towed back to Hawaii for repairs, but the tow line broke, leaving the ship adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

The Department of National Defence said the ship remained under tow Tuesday but was only 150 nautical miles from its destination that afternoon.

The USS Michael Murphy delivered the ship.

Upon its arrival, HMCS Protecteur had limited electrical power. Medical and support services were bring provided by navy personnel, DND said.

"The ship's company is well and focused on recovery and towing operations," DND said


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