East Riding sailor joins Ebola fight

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Published: Tuesday 28th October 2014 by The News Editor

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A sailor from an East Riding village will arrive in Sierra Leone this week on a mission to help fight Ebola.

Rowan Wagstaff-Weston, from Langtoft, outside Driffield, has been chosen as part of the UK’s military team to try to stop the spread of the virus in the West African country.

The 29-year-old third officer travelled on the Royal Navy’s 28,000-tonne RFA Argus as part of the Department for International Development (DFID) contingent.

The supply vessel has a crew of around 380 and a trio of Merlin helicopters aboard.

The ship will be the troops’ offshore base as they establish treatment centres around the country.

Wagstaff-Watson, a bridge officer who works on the Argus’s steering, said there could be no doubt the mission was necessary and worthwhile.

Ebola has claimed the lives of thousands of West Africans. This week it was reported that 4,922 people worldwide have died from the disease with only 27 of these coming from outside Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

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Published: Tuesday 28th October 2014 by The News Editor

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