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Devon-based warship helps rescue sick sailor in Gulf

17 February 10 17:29 GMT

The crew of a Plymouth-based Royal Navy warship have helped rescue a Filipino sailor with suspected appendicitis from an oil tanker in the Middle East.

HMS Chatham, which is in the Gulf on anti-piracy operations, was contacted by the tanker's captain on Tuesday.

The ship's medical officer diagnosed the sailor's illness over the radio and was dispatched to help stabilise him.

HMS Chatham's helicopter airlifted him to the ship where he was given more aid before being flown on to hospital.

This was the second time this month that the ship's crew have come to the aid of other seafarers.

Last week the ship's captain dispatched Royal Marines to help 21 Yemeni fishermen who were spotted adrift in the middle of a shipping zone after their vessel had run out of fuel.

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