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Bajans on standby


RACHELLE AGARD

Bajans on standby
Commanding Officer of the HMBS Leonard C. Banfield, Lieutenant Coast Guard Shawn Hazelwood (centre); Coxswain, Petty Officer Romario Broomes (right); and Chief Engineer, Petty Officer Devon Edwards. (Picture by Reco Moore.)

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Barbados’ emergency personnel remain at the ready to continue lending assistance to St Vincent and the Grenadines following the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano last Friday.

La Soufriere spewed forth her wrath after remaining dormant for 42 years. Immediately, members of the Barbados Coast Guard from two offshore patrol vessels, the HMBS Leonard C. Banfield and the HMBS Rudyard Lewis, sprang into action as part of the Regional Security Systems Humanitarian Relief, and made a voyage that delivered seven tonnes of supplies to St Vincent and the Grenadines.

They also made a trip to St Lucia and delivered relief supplies from that island to St Vincent.

The crews are on standby to return once the green light is given, as are teams from the Barbados Fire Service.

Commanding officer of the HMBS Leonard C. Banfield, Lieutenant Coast Guard Shawn Hazelwood, said when they left Barbados last Friday night there was relatively good visibility, but as they drew closer to St Vincent and the Grenadines and further into the ash cloud, visibility diminished considerably, but the vessel’s equipment proved useful. (RA)

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