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Families mourn Gulf dead
Lt. Philip Green
Lt. Philip Green died when two helicopters crashed
It has been confirmed two Lincolnshire men are among the allied casualties in the Gulf.

Ian Seymour, 29, who grew up in Deeping St Nicholas, was serving with the Royal Navy as an OM (operator maintainer), when his helicopter crashed in northern Kuwait.

Royal Navy pilot Lieutenant Philip Green, 31, whose relatives live in Frieston near Caythorpe, also died in a separate helicopter crash.

OM Seymour was one of the first casualties in the current conflict, after an accident involving a US C46 Sea Knight transport helicopter.

Sea King helicopter
Two Sea King helicopters were involved

He was one of 12 British and US marines being transported into Iraq to take part in allied offensive operations.

An investigation is currently underway to establish what caused the accident.

OM Seymour joined the Royal Navy after leaving St Guthlacs school in Crowland at the age of 16.

Staff at the school have expressed their sadness at the news.

Show grief

Lieutenant Green died when his helicopter crashed into another while operating off the Ark Royal.

The rector of Caythorpe, Archdeacon Brian Lucas, said: "People catch their breath and think this involves us.

"This war so far away is suddenly impinged upon Caythorpe and everyone is saying what can we do?

"How can we show our grief in practical ways?

'Obviously devastating'

"But, there isn't much you can do."

Meanwhile, staff and parents at Caythorpe Primary School, were shocked and saddened by the news of Lieutenant Green's death.

Headteacher Nicola Bradley said: "It is obviously devastating in a village like Caythorpe.

"Everybody knows everybody else and I'm sure a lot of parents of the children here will be devastated that somebody locally has been killed."


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