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Investigation launched on the Black Watch cruise ship

The Black Watch vessel, which can hold 804 passengers, stopped near Isla Picton close to the Argentine border around 50 miles north of Cape Horn this morning, a spokeswoman for Suffolk-based Fred Olsen said, because of a "technical issue with the ship's steering gear".

"It was necessary to anchor the ship in order to investigate the problem, and this is now in the process of being rectified," she said.

Black Watch cruise ship. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"All the relevant authorities and port agent were informed of the need to anchor the ship in order to make the necessary investigations, and guests have been kept updated on developments throughout the day."

The ship is expected to continue its 114-night "South American and World Voyage" cruise after repairs are completed.Its next port of call is Valparaiso in Chile, where it is expected to arrive on February 15.

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Cruise ship 'carrying hundreds of Britons' forced to stop

A cruise ship believed to be carrying hundreds of Britons on a round-the-world trip has been forced to stop near the tip of South America after suffering mechanical problems, its owners said.

The Black Watch cruise ship. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Black Watch, which set-sail from Southampton on January 14, has anchored off Chile while its steering gear is fixed, according to Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.

It is the latest incident to affect the voyage, with the company confirming a passenger died after falling overboard 70-miles off the coast of Brazil on January 30 as it made its way south through the Atlantic.

British couple to complete 15-month South America run

A British couple will complete their mammoth 15-month running journey today which has seen them travel the length of South America.

Katharine and David Lowrie have run the length of South America. Credit: Twitter / @5000mileproject

Katharine and David Lowrie started their trip at the beginning of the London Olympics on July 28 last year and have jogged more than 6,200 miles to raise money and awareness for wildlife and conservation issues.

The couple's gruelling challenge started at the southern tip of Chile and they will reach the Carribean Sea on Venezuela's northern coast today after passing through Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil along the way.

The husband and wife team, who have raised £6,186 so far, have worn out 10 pairs of shoes each during the journey and taken turns in lugging a trolley, weighing up to 100kg, behind them.

Mr Lowrie said: "We decided to show how we all absolutely depend on the natural world and how amazing it is. That with small steps we can overcome seemingly insurmountable hurdles, that time is running out, but it's not too late protect it."

Their struggle has drawn support from several celebrities and notable people, including the Duke of Cambridge, who said: "I am hugely impressed that you are undertaking such a gruelling and challenging 5,000-mile run for such a vitally important cause."

Missing climber a 'much-loved son, brother, friend'

The family of a 22-year-old British climber who went missing in Peru said he was a "much-loved son, brother and friend".

Thomas Jagger, believed to be from the Buxton area of Derbyshire, has been missing for around a week in the Ancash region of Peru.

His family and the family of his close friend, Luke Dyer, issued the following statement:

This is a sad time for both families. Tom was a much-loved son, brother and friend and we wish to be given time to come to terms with what has happened.

British climber reported missing in Peru

A 22-year-old British climber has been reported missing in South America, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed.

Thomas Jagger, believed to be from the Buxton area of Derbyshire, has been missing for around a week in the Ancash region of Peru.

The Foreign Office said in a statement: "We were notified on 27 July that a British national, Thomas Jagger, has been reported missing in Huaraz, Peru.

"We are providing consular assistance to his family at this difficult time."

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