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A gunboat built in Britain for the Omani navy and now owned by a former Royal Navy officer remains under guard in Tenerife as the authorities continue their checks on its background and status. (Photo: © Karl McLaughlin)
Santa Cruz - 29.04.2013
- Now known as "Defender" since it was decommissioned a decade ago, the 127-foot fast patrol boat arrived unexpectedly in Los Cristianos on Tuesday after blowing a gasket in the Atlantic. The authorities here ordered it to be diverted to a secure spot in Santa Cruz under escort by an armed Spanish navy vessel and several checks have been carried out since to establish whether the two cannons on board are in working order. It is believed the former warship has been re-registered as a pleasure boat by its new owner, ex-RN lieutenant Chris Enmarsh, who has denied media claims that he and his crew are mercenaries. The boat remains in Santa Cruz under 24-hour surveillance and well away from the port's cruise ship area.
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