A Royal Navy helicopter has rescued a British person trapped in the rubble, following the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, which has left 23 people dead.
The Wildcat helicopter also rescued three children who had also become trapped after the storm trashed the Bahamas on Sunday.
The helicopter had been operating from Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Mounts Bay and was flying over Great Abaco Island to assess the damage when its crew were called to rescue a casualty from Elbow Cay, the Royal Navy said.
After spotting the person, the crew then pulled them from the rubble before taking them back to Mounts Bay to be given emergency medication before being airlifted to the capital Nassau, it added.
The Royal Navy said that the Wildcat also rescued a woman, her two children and a baby to Nassau.
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The photo above shows the Royal Navy Wildcat helicoper which helped rescue one Brit and three children who were trapped under rubble
The helicopter had been flying over the Bahamas in order to assess the damage when crew members were informed of those that were trapped
The RFA Mounts Bay has been deployed to work alongside the Royal Bahamas Defence Force to deliver aid to communities hit by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas
Devastation was seen across the island of Great Abaco today as the UK joined efforts to help the thousands of people affected
Members of the Disaster Relief team from the Royal Fleet Auxilary pictured above after they moored off Marsh harbour to deliver aid
Medical officer Surgeon Lieutenant Rebecca Miles said: ‘The children were in a poorly condition and required immediate medical care.
‘It was hugely rewarding to use my training and skills to provide essential and immediate life-saving care to this family.’
Flight Commander Lieutenant Lee Holborn added: ‘We are ready to provide 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.’
On a later flight, RFA medical technician Graham Trevaskis helped an elderly woman with diabetes who was also airlifted to Nassau.
The RFA Mounts Bay crew have so far delivered shelter kits, ration packs and water, the Royal Navy said.
The Wildcat will also be airlifting relief to outlying, cut-off communities, it added.
The Royal Navy said that it will bring ashore heavy plant equipment such as all-terrain quads, dump trucks and diggers to clear away debris and allow more aid to reach the island.
It added: ‘RFA Mounts Bay’s specialist crew and kit make her best placed to open the port and clear the airport runway so more international aid, including relief arriving from the United States, can reach the island.’
The Bahamas are facing a humanitarian crisis in the wake of Hurricane Dorian as at least 70,000 people are in need of ‘life-saving assistance’ and the death toll, which reached 23 on Thursday, is expected to climb. Catastrophic flooding in community of Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island is seen from above on Thursday
A massive international relief effort kicked off on Thursday as the extent of the damage wrought by Dorian comes into focus through satellite images, like the one above from Abaco
Dorian struck the island chain as a catastrophic Category 5 storm on Sunday and stalled over Abaco and Grand Bahama for the following two days as 185mph winds and torrential rains ravaged countless communities
Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Mounts Bay has delivered essential aid to residents of Great Abaco in The Bahamas. The ship has distributed Department for International Development (DFID) relief items, including vital shelter kits
Humanitarian and Disaster Relief troops from Britain are seen delivering water to Abaco on Thursday
RFA Mounts Bay 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 Royal Navy said.
The ship has water carriers, hygiene and shelter kits on board, as well as the helicopter which is being used to fly over the area to assess the damage and airlift in supplies.
Captain Rob Anders, commanding officer of RFA Mounts Bay, said: ‘RFA Mounts Bay has been working alongside the Bahamian National Emergency and Management Agency and US Coast Guard personnel, using our Wildcat helicopter to conduct initial assessments on Abaco Island and we have landed reconnaissance troops ashore.
‘I am pleased to be able to use our people and equipment to send water and food ashore to provide aid to the Bahamian people.
‘We hope that our presence in the area in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian will provide some peace of mind and reassurance to all those affected.’
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: ‘The highly skilled crew and specialist equipment of RFA Mounts Bay have been on call since June to support our overseas territories and friends in the hurricane season.
‘Its Wildcat helicopter has begun conducting reconnaissance flights of the Bahamas to help assess the damage and the crew have begun distributing UK aid.
On Wednesday United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said around 70,000 people ‘are in immediate need of life-saving assistance’, adding that the most urgent needs are water, food, shelter and accommodation
Aliana Alexis, of Haiti, stands on the concrete slab of what is left of her home after destruction from Hurricane Dorian in a shantytown called The Mudd at Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco Island on Thursday
Rescue workers recover the body of a victim of Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco Island, on Thursday
Steven Turnquest comforts his sons Leslie and Kile as they wait for assistance at the airport in Nassau, Bahamas, on Thursday
Residents wait for assistance at the airport in Nassau, Bahamas, on Thursday, after they were rescued from Abaco
‘My thoughts remain with those affected and our world-class military will continue to assist the Bahamas government to offer relief and aid to those who need it most.’
International Development Secretary Alok Sharma said: ‘The images of devastation and destruction across the Bahamas are truly shocking.
‘The clock is now ticking to get help to those in need, and I’m pleased that Mounts Bay has begun to deliver lifesaving relief items to those in desperate need.
‘Sadly, we know all too well that hurricane season in the Caribbean can wreak this level of catastrophe, which is why we sent a team of DFID humanitarian experts, and prepositioned water carriers, hygiene kits and shelter kits on board.’
In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, the Bahamas is facing a humanitarian crisis as up to 70,000 people are in need of ‘life-saving assistance’ and the death toll currently at 23 is expected to climb.
A massive international relief effort ramped up on Thursday as the extent of the damage wrought by Dorian comes into focus through satellite images and harrowing accounts from survivors.
The storm struck the island chain as a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane on Sunday and stalled over Abaco and Grand Bahama for the following two days as 185mph winds and torrential rains ravaged countless communities.
‘This is our Katrina moment,’ Bahamian Health Minister Duane Sands said Thursday. As the death toll rose to 23, Sands said the official count ‘could be staggering’.
Members of the Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) team from RFA Mounts Bay provide assistance to the islanders
Boats are seen strewn across Marsh Harbour on Grand Abaco Island on Thursday
Half of the homes on in the Bahamas were destroyed or severely damaged, racking up a total of $7billion in insured and uninsured property losses, according to a Thursday estimate from the catastrophe modelers Karen Clark & Co.
The Bahamian government sent hundreds of police and marines into the stricken islands, along with doctors, nurses and other health care workers.
The US Coast Guard, Britain’s Royal Navy and relief organizations including the UN and the Red Cross joined the burgeoning effort to rush food and medicine to survivors and lift the most desperate people to safety by helicopter.
UN chief Lowcock said he told Prime Minister Hubert Minnis that he was releasing $1 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund immediately to deal with these priorities as well as for medical supplies and services for Grand Bahama.
President Donald Trump has also offered his condolences and said the United States will provide all appropriate support to the people of the Bahamas during the Bahamian government’s response to Hurricane Dorian.
An unknown number of people were trapped in their homes waiting for help as the storm passed and for days afterward.
Several hundred people are now temporarily living at Marsh Harbour Healthcare Center, the island’s main hospital.
Small children played outside amid coils of downed power lines while homeless families rested on the hospital’s lawn.
Inside, people crammed into the entrances, the hallways, the waiting room. Small children slept sprawled out on sheets and unfurled sleeping bags while toddlers in diapers stood in a portable playpen in the hospital’s driveway.
The satellite photo above shows Dorian’s position over the Carolinas at noon on Thursday
The death toll climbed to 23 on Thursday as search and rescue teams fanned out across both islands after floodwaters receded and the weather cleared.
Health Minister Duane Sands said 17 victims are from the Abaco islands and three from Grand Bahama. He said three of the 23 victims died after being transported to a hospital in nearby New Providence.
The government still is working to contact family members and are unable to release further details at this time.
The number of fatalities is expected to continue its ascent as long stretches have yet to be explored.