(MENAFN) Officials revealed on Saturday that a crew member on board the HMS Portland accidentally injected the incorrect chemicals to the system designed to turn sea water into potable water, resulting in the hospitalization of a "small number" of sailors "as a precaution."
Following the sailor's realization of error and notification of superiors, the frigate made a return to its base in Portsmouth on Friday, according to the Daily Telegraph. The "poisoning" nature was verified to the site by a Navy source, who applauded the perpetrator for coming forward so quickly.
A spokeswoman for the Royal Navy informed the Telegraph, “we can confirm that HMS Portland has returned to HMNB Portsmouth as a precautionary measure, following an issue with one of the ship’s fresh water systems.” Noting that “the health and safety of our personnel is of the utmost importance and we are taking a number of measures to safeguard the ship’s company while the issue is investigated.”
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