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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.

Falmouth's Maritime Museum named the 'most family-friendly'

Falmouth's Maritime Museum named the 'most family-friendly' Credit: ITV News

Falmouth's National Maritime Museum has been named the most family-friendly museum in Britain. There were six finalists in the competition organised by the charity 'Kids in Museums'. All of them were secretly visited by families during the judging process. The attraction has also been named Cornwall's Best Museum.


Numerous call outs for Falmouth lifeboat

Falmouth's Lifeboat has been called out six times in 9 days Credit: ITV News

The RNLI says it's still having to respond to numerous call outs - despite the holiday season coming to end.

Falmouth's Lifeboat has reported it has been called out on six occasions in the last nine days - with shouts ranging from searching for a missing person to towing yachts to safety.

Tall Ships bring £8.5m to Cornish economy

Spectacular: the Tall Ships event at Falmouth Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/

The organisers of this year's Tall Ships Regatta say the event is thought to have brought in around £8.5m to the Cornish economy. More than 70,000 people visited the Regatta site at Falmouth Docks during the first three days and over 100,000 people took to the water on boats.

Organisers of Falmouth's Tall Ships regatta look at benefit to Cornwall

Organisers of Falmouth's Tall Ships regatta look at benefit to Cornwall Credit: ITV News West Country

Organisers of the Tall Ships regatta in Falmouth are working out how much the event benefitted Cornwall. More than 200,000 people are thought to have visited the event over the past four days, which ended in yesterday's spectacular parade of sail involving 44 vessels.

I think that's the largest florilla I've ever seen and I've done a number of these events in the past that have been well attended but I think we certainly broke all records with the number of leisure craft that were joining in.

– Mark Sansom, Falmouth Harbourmaster
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