Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Royal Marine dies of wounds sustained in Afghanistan

It is with deepest regret that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the death of a Royal Marine from 45 Commando Royal Marines today, Wednesday 25 February 2009, in Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham.

He died as a result of wounds sustained from enemy fire whilst on a reassurance patrol in near Sangin in Northern Helmand on Monday 23 February.

He received immediate medical attention both on the ground and at the ISAF medical facility at Kandahar Airfield, prior to being returned to the UK for further specialist treatment.

Spokesperson for Task Force Helmand, Commander Paula Rowe, said

"The death of this brave Marine is a tragedy and his loss will be felt deeply by his family, friends and all those who served alongside him. We extend our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to them at this terrible time."

The Royal Marine's next of kin have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released.

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