Warship comes to the rescue of remote outpost

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ROYAL Navy warship HMS Dauntless dashed 2,000 miles to take a doctor to one of the world’s most remote islands.

The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer came to the rescue after an emergency call from the tiny British outpost of Tristan Da Cunha, which has a population of just 300.

The resident medic had fallen ill so Dauntless collected a replacement from South Africa and steamed south.

On arrival, the ship’s own doctor, Surgeon Lieutenant Laura Speirs, went ashore to aid her civilian counterpart who’d had a suspected heart attack.

Captain Will Warrender said: ‘It’s exactly the type of task we are in the South Atlantic to do.’