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Captain Praises Military's 'Around The Clock Efforts' In Bahamas

The British military rescued a woman and her three children, including a baby, and took them to safety in Nassau.

RFA Mounts Bay teams have been delivering aid to Great Abaco in the Bahamas (Pictures: MOD).

The Captain of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship involved in the rescue mission out in the Bahamas has praised the military teams for their "around the clock" rescue efforts.

RFA Mounts Bay is in the Carribean rescuing stranded civilians, providing aid support and working to clear roads and bridges in the most affected areas following Hurrican Dorian.

Captain Rob Anders said everyone involved in the rescue mission has been doing an "outstanding job":

"The team are working around the clock."

"Everyone is pulling together," he added.

RFA Mounts Bay in the Bahamas
RFA Mounts Bay has been in the Caribbean since June in preparation for the hurricane season (Picture: MOD).

Around 30 people have been killed, with fears the death toll could rise, after the storm battered the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands with winds of up to 185mph and lashing rain. 

The roofs of homes were ripped off, roads damaged and debris left floating in brown floodwater, with one local relief worker describing "apocalyptic" scenes.

Capt Anders described the moment they were initially called out to save an individual which turned out to be a family that was trapped: "Initially, the Wildcat had to go in and conduct a lifting operation of an individual who possibly had a severe condition. 

"But when they got there, it was a family with three young children.

"They took the flight observer to a family that was in some distress so the flight observer and the flight handler made a call that this was very urgent. They extracted them, brought them back to the ship and contacted the doctor. They then took them to Nassau."

Watch: RFA Mounts Bay delivers aid to The Bahamas

Capt Anders said the public has been "thankful" for the military's work.

RFA Mounts Bay crew comprises of Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Royal Navy personnel, Royal Marines, Royal Logistic Corps, Royal Engineers, and the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

The British Government has pledged £1.5 million to help deliver aid, saying it is estimated that several hundred British nationals live in the worst affected areas of the Bahamas.

The military has so far provided emergency shelter and hygiene kits for hundreds of people, more than 8,000 bottles of water and hundreds of days' worth of food.

RFA Mounts Bay is also using an onboard system to turn seawater into drinking water to help an estimated 62,700 people across the Bahamas who need access to clean water.