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Royal Marines go ashore at Sierra Leone to fight ebola

Royal Marines from Plymouth have gone ashore at Sierra Leone as part of efforts to fight the Ebola epidemic. They arrived on the RFA Argus, which sailed out of Falmouth this autumn.

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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.

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