A RAF helicopter winching passengers from "Le Boreal"
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Passengers rescued from stricken cruise ship

British forces based on the Falklands Islands have rescued 347 passengers and crew from a cruise ship in the south Atlantic.

The master of "Le Boreal" ordered the ship to be abandoned after a fire onboard left it without power and drifting, listing and in danger of grounding.

The Ministry of Defence says RAF aircraft and a Royal Navy patrol vessel were sent to help - along with Dutch tugs.

  • 19 Nov 2015
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