Ministry of Defence
RFA Mounts Bay conducts successful casualty evacuation and search and rescue mission
The Royal Navy Wildcat deployed with RFA Mounts Bay in the Caribbean has rescued a British citizen who had been trapped beneath rubble for several days on Great Abaco Island.
The successful search and rescue mission took place yesterday. The individual was removed from the rubble and brought back to RFA Mounts Bay to be treated by the team of Royal Navy medics onboard and was provided with emergency medication before being airlifted to the capital, Nassau. The Wildcat also conducted a casualty evacuation of an American woman, her two children and a baby to Nassau.
Wildcat pilot Lieutenant Lee Holborn yesterday said:
We are tasked to provide reconnaissance and assistance where necessary and it is always rewarding to know that you have made a significant difference, not only to the wider island, but to the individual families of those affected.
Surgeon Lieutenant Rebecca Miles yesterday said:
The patients were in a poorly condition and required immediate medical care. It was hugely rewarding to utilise my training and skills to provide essential and immediate lifesaving care to this family.
RFA Mounts Bay Commanding Officer, Captain Rob Anders added:
The wildcat has proven time and again its vital importance in support of our mission, be it the delivery of essential relief ashore, conducting reconnaissance or undertaking lifesaving search and rescue tasks.
The RFA Mounts Bay crew have so far delivered shelter kits, ration packs and water. The Wildcat will also be airlifting relief to outlying, cut off communities in liaison with the Royal Bahamian Defence Force.
The ship has been in the Caribbean since June in preparation for the hurricane season and was re-tasked last week to sail to The Bahamas in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, the strongest ever recorded in The Bahamas.
RFA Mounts Bay has embarked a dedicated Humanitarian and Disaster Relief team, and is carrying vital aid and specialist equipment. It also stores Department for International Development water carriers, hygiene kits including basic items such as soap, and shelter kits. Since Hurricane Dorian hit, a liaison officer from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and a DFID humanitarian expert have been onboard to help coordinate the relief efforts.
Latest News from
Ministry of Defence
UK loans Estonia four Jackal vehicles to support counter-terror mission in Mali09/07/2020 16:53:00
Estonian Special Forces deploying to Mali will be loaned four Jackal armoured vehicles by the UK Ministry of Defence, it is today announced.
Market exploration: forward surgical capability09/07/2020 10:15:00
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) wants to understand the current market capability and development requirements of mobile surgical facilities.
Free ‘wraparound’ childcare for the armed forces08/07/2020 10:15:00
The children of service personnel will be entitled to free breakfast and after-school childcare as part of new measures to better support the armed forces and their loved ones.
Ministry of Defence confirms the death of Fusilier Sam Brownridge07/07/2020 15:15:15
It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce the death of Fusilier Sam Brownridge.
Defence pledges to evolve faster in the years ahead06/07/2020 09:25:00
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has met with the MOD’s senior leadership, challenging Defence to evolve faster in response to the emerging threats and opportunities brought by the rapidly changing post-Covid world.
MOD delivers 10,000 items of critical medical equipment to NHS03/07/2020 10:15:00
The DE&S Logistics Delivery Operating Centre at MOD Donnington have coordinated the delivery of over 10,000 pieces of critical medical equipment.
ARTEMIS - jHubMed delivering innovation right where it is needed02/07/2020 15:15:15
jHubMed is working with Proximie to deliver a telemedicine system supporting surgical teams deployed overseas within field hospitals and aboard ships.
RAF flights to take UK aid-funded supplies to Africa to tackle coronavirus29/06/2020 15:12:00
The first of a series of Royal Air Force flights taking medical supplies to Africa to help fight the coronavirus pandemic departed recently (Saturday, June 27).