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Falklands warship tragedy marked
HMS Coventry
HMS Coventry sunk in the space of 20 minutes
A memorial service has been held 25 years after the deaths of 19 people in the sinking of HMS Coventry during the Falklands War.

The Type 42 destroyer, which was struck by Argentine aircraft on the country's National Day, took 20 minutes to sink on 25 May 1982 but 280 people survived.

HMS Broadsword, the vessel alongside the Coventry, came to her aid.

Former crew members have attended a special service at Holy Trinity Church in Broadgate, Coventry.

'Flying backwards'

Mick Daniels, from Staffordshire, who was an Able Seaman in the operations room, said: "We were that low I could hear the whooshes.

"I thought the danger would pass so I crept back up.

"At that moment there seemed to be some colours of orange and red in the operations room.

"Then I was flying backwards trying to grab hold of things and obviously that was the bomb exploding."




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Able Seaman Mick Daniels remembers the sinking



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