Hundreds of passengers on Ponant’s Le Boreal ship were forced to evacuate when an engine fire erupted when the vessel was at sea. The fire happened a little after 2 a.m. north of the Falkland Islands at the beginning of a 15-night round-trip Antarctica sailing from Ushuaia, Argentina. According to ITV, 90 of the 347 passengers onboard were air-lifted to safety from life rafts while the rest were picked up by another ship. No passengers were injured. The cruise will re-embark on L’Austral, another Ponant ship.
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