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Falmouth Tall Ships bring multi-million pound economic boost

Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta 2014 Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

The Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta has brought a multi-million pound boost to Cornwall's economy.

197,000 people visited Falmouth during the four-day festival in August - increasing the turnover for local businesses by an estimated £10,000. 40 per cent of businesses extended their opening hours to deal with the influx of visitors.

Falmouth has done it again – in the spirit of cooperation and partnership we have delivered a truly outstanding event. There were huge crowds, wonderful weather, the most beautiful ships to look at and everybody was happy, but most importantly the event provided long-term benefits and a lasting legacy. It demonstrated Falmouth’s impressive strength for partnership and it is because of this that the event was the success that it was.

– John Hick, Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta Chairman

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Argus leaves Falmouth on its way to fight ebola

The medical ship RFA Argus has left Falmouth on its way to Sierra Leone to help in the fight against ebola.

The ship is packed with food, medical equipment and thousands of bottles of water but ebola patients won't be brought on board because of the risk of spreading the virus.

The RFA Argus is guided out of Falmouth on its mission to West Africa Credit: ITV News
The ship's company stands on ceremony Credit: ITV News
More than 750 servicemen and women are on board the medical ship, including personnel from RNAS Culdrose Credit: ITV News

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RFA Argus will leave Falmouth for Sierra Leone today

RFA Argus will leave Falmouth headed for Sierra Leone Credit: ITV News

RFA Argus, a medical ship with a fully-equipped 100-bed hospital on board, will leave Falmouth today on its way to Sierra Leone, to help Ebola victims.

The ship is packed with food, medical equipment and thousands of bottles of water and has a state of the art casualty unit but Ebola patients won't be brought on board because of the risk of transmission.

Medical ship prepares to leave Falmouth to fight Ebola

The RFA Argus is due to leave for Africa to tackle the ebola crisis Credit: PA

The RFA Argus is preparing to leave Falmouth for Sierra Leone where it will help in the battle against the spread of the Ebola virus.

It will transport 750 servicemen and women and three Merlin helicopters to help support training and treatment centres.

It will also be equipped with 100 beds including a critical care unit.

Cornish troops head to Africa to help with Ebola outbreak

Medical exercises have been taking place before Army medics are sent to Sierra Leone Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

More than 750 military personnel are being sent to West Africa to help in the efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak.

The announcement comes as the first Ebola patient to be diagnosed in the US, Thomas Eric Duncan, has died in hospital in Texas. The World Health Organisation has warned that sporadic cases in Europe are now "unavoidable."

It's understood RFA Argus will also be sent to Sierra Leone, along with three helicopters.

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