HMS Daring’s sailors go ashore to help deliver aid

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SAILORS have gone ashore in the Philippines to help with the disaster relief effort following Typhoon Haiyan.

The ship’s company of HMS Daring have been working tirelessly to help the island of Guintacan, which suffered extensive damage during the storm.

ETME Jay Shirlaw and LT Wendy Frame hand over humanitarian stores to one of the local community's on the island of Guintacan. HMS Daring can be seen in the background. Picture: L(PHOT) Keith Morgan

ETME Jay Shirlaw and LT Wendy Frame hand over humanitarian stores to one of the local community's on the island of Guintacan. HMS Daring can be seen in the background. Picture: L(PHOT) Keith Morgan

Three people lost their lives and many had wounds from being hit by flying objects.

Sailors from the Portsmouth-based ship have been delivering shelters, providing access to medical care, and repairing the roof of a local school.

Officer of the Watch Lieutenant Rebecca Brown said: ‘Many of the smaller fishing villages were devastated as, apart from a few concrete structures that were still standing, their houses were made from bamboo and rush so that was completely flattened.

‘Their fishing boats were also destroyed, which in turn affects their livelihoods.

‘One woman, an 85-year-old, told me it was the worst storm she had seen hit the island and that she and her son had been completely terrified.

‘Hopefully these shelter kits will give them some desperately-needed shade and somewhere to sleep while we try and rebuild their lives.’

Following the distribution of aid on Guintacan, HMS Daring will soon arrive off the north east coast of Panay to provide assistance to a group of islands today.