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  Our man in the Gulf: Matt's trip off the ship
Updated 01 April 2003, 10.53
The Ark Royal
BBC reporter and ex-Newsround presenter Matthew Price is reporting from the aircraft carrier Ark Royal in the Gulf.

Matthew Price
Our reporter, Matthew Price
And he's writing a web diary for CBBC Newsround.

In his latest, he tells us about visiting a hospital ship.

Diary entry 20:

I got off the ship! Only for three hours.

We went to the hospital ship Argus which at the time was just a short distance away. A 10 minute flight.

It is like a floating district hospital. Imagine your local town hospital, floating in the sea. It's a bit like this.


Only the staff say they're possibly better equipped than most hospitals.

They can treat almost anything on board. A whole range of injuries.

And people.

There are British forces on board. Also Americans, and Australians. All part of the coalition forces.

But there are also Iraqis. Prisoners of war, and civilians.

Prisoners of war

There's a 12-year-old boy on board. With a bullet in his chest. Caught in the cross fire. He's being treated for his injury. His mum is there too.

Mail arrives for the Ark Royal by Sea King helicopter
Mail arrives for the Ark Royal by Sea King helicopter
We weren't allowed to talk to him to find out how he is.

The prisoners are all in one room. It's relaxed, and as you walk in they smile. There is a guard outside.

Best place

Among the British forces, three who were hit accidentally by an American aircraft.

One, 18-year-old Chris Finny, told me he was upset at what happened, but not angry.

He thought it was a breakdown of communication that led to the accident.

One of the other soldiers in his group was killed in the attack. Four injured.

The hospital is possibly the best place they could have hoped to have been brought to. There they get good care, and treatment.

But however good they know they are, the staff on board are the few out here in the Gulf hoping they don't get anything more to do.

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