Canadian ship finds land at lastUPDATED 8:00 PM HST Mar 04, 2014Video Transcript
be on Hawaii soil being stranded at sea for nearly a week! KITV 4's Cam Tran shares how US naval ships based out of Pearl Harbor came to their rescue. NATS: 1:32:00 HIP HIP HOORAY!HIP HIP HOORAY! HIP HIP HOORAY!!! Big and joyful cheers for the crew members of the USS Michael Murphy. After seven days at sea, these American sailors brought 17 thankful Canadians to dry land this morning. 38:45 WE SIGNED ON FOR AN ADVENTURE WE GOT ONE LAUGHS The adventure started when the Canadian naval oil replenishment ship the, HMCS Protecteur left Pearl Harbor heading to British Columbia on February 25th. The ship was 350 miles off the Hawaii coast line, when a fire ignited in the engine room. WADE KAEHLER, PASSENGER IN: 1:34 IT WAS SOMEWHAT SURREAL BECAUSE UNFORTUNATE LY YOU DON'T KNOW IF IT IS A DRILL OR IF ITS FOR REAL. AND WE REALIZED QUITE QUICKLY IT WAS FOR REALS AND WE GATHERED EVERYONE IN THE DISPERSAL AREA Arlene Deenhoff, Passenger IN: 36:42 I DON'T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT THE NAVY TO BE SCARED I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN SCARED, I WASN'T. It took the Protecteur crew members several hours to put out the flames. MURRAY IN:40:45 THIS IS AN EQUIVALENT OF A 3 STORY HOUSE FULL OF NARROW PASSAGE WAYS AND FULL OF ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT AND SMALL MACHINERIES WIRING EVERY WHERE AND THIS SPACE WAS IN TOTAL FLAMES 41:01 20 Canadian crew members were hurt in the fire but were treated on board for minor injuries. The fire disabled the ship. That's the US navy came to the rescue. commander A.R. Harrigan, Canada Navy IN: 45:40 THE US NAVY PROVIDED IMMEDIATE RELIEF , THE USS MICHAEL MURPHY WAS THE FIRST SHIP ON STATION THEY PROVIDED THE IMMEDIATE SUPPORT TO THE SHIP That support included getting the 17 civilians off the Canadian ship. After spending nearly a week at sea, those passengers arrived at Pearl Harbor this morning. IN: 35:45 IT FEELS GOOD BEING BACK ON STABLE GROUND They're grateful to the quick-acting crew. RET, VICE ADMIRAL LARRY MURRAY, PASSENGER ON SHIP IN: 40:09 I SAW SAILORS RUSHING TO DO EXACTLY WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING, THE RESPONSE BY THE SHIP, I SPENT 33 YEARS WITH THE NAVY AND I RETIRED VICE ADMIRAL I'VE NEVER SEEN A MORE PROFESSIONAL COURAGEOUS TEAMS 40:29 reporting from PH, CT KITV 4 News. Though the cause of the fire is still under investigation. The HMCS Protecteur is still about 200 off shore of Hawaii. A US naval tug boat is towing the disabled ship to Pearl Harbor and is expected to arrive Thursday.