HMCS Protecteur arrives at Pearl Harbor

Flag ship HMCS Algonquin, HMCS St-Johns and HMCS Protecteur is seen in this file photo. The HMCS...

Flag ship HMCS Algonquin, HMCS St-Johns and HMCS Protecteur is seen in this file photo. The HMCS Protecteur was returning from operational duties when the fire broke out in the engine room. (QMI Agency file photo)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:02 PM ET

After a week adrift at sea, HMCS Protecteur has arrived safely at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

"I could not be more proud of the courage, determination and perseverance of my ship's company. It has been a very demanding period for all on board HMCS Protecteur and the crew has responded to the many complex challenges with the utmost professionalism and ingenuity," the ship's commanding officer, Cmdr. Julian Elbourne, said, thanking the U.S. navy for its help. Protecteur was heading to Esquimalt, B.C., when an engine-room fire occurred last Thursday, stranding about 300 people off the coast of Hawaii.

The USS Chosin was towing Protecteur back to Hawaii for repairs, but the tow line broke on Sunday, leaving the ship adrift. A U.S. navy tug then took over the operation.

Among those stranded were about 20 civilians -- mostly family members of the crew, as well as contractors. They arrived at Pearl Harbor Tuesday aboard the USS Michael Murphy.

The navy is investigating the cause of the fire.


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