Brit rescued by Royal Navy after Hurricane Dorian hits the Bahamas

A British woman is among several people rescued from rubble by the heroic Royal Navy in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

Three children, not thought to be British, were also freed in the massive operation by the armed forces in Elbow Cay on Great Abaco Island.

It is understood they were trapped for several days.

The Wildcat helicopter, operating from Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Mounts Bay, took the casualties for treatment at hospitals. The extent of their conditions are not yet known.

The cyclone has killed 20 people and become the worst hurricane in the US' history.

"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," said the Navy's Medical Officer Surgeon Lieutenant Rebecca Miles.

The Navy has helped other people across the stricken islands, including a woman, her two kids and a baby stuck elsewhere. It has been flying the Wildcat to the most-affected areas.

Lee Holborn, Flight Commander Lieutenant, said: "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."

The crew has so far delivered shelter kits, ration packs and water. It intends to airlift relief to outlying, cut-off communities.

"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 armed forces' statement read.

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.

"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."

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