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Sunday, 13 January 2008

"Soldier's death due to shortages"

That's the claim of a military inquiry into the death of Cpl Mark Wright, who could not be abstracted quickly from the battlefield in Afghanistan after being gravely injured by a landmine because the 'RAF Chinook sent to pick him up did not have a rescue winch so he had to wait five hours to be rescued by a US helicopter'. The MoD claimed that 'all of the winches had been returned to the UK for inspection'. One other shocking part of the linked article:

Major General Andrew Farquhar, who presided over the inquiry, said his wounds may not have proved fatal had a British helicopter been equipped to get soldiers out of a minefield.

Quite sickening!

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