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VIDEO: Crew Of RFA Argus Turn On Falmouth's Christmas Lights

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6:02am 5th December 2014

From four thousand miles away the crew of RFA Argus have turned on Falmouth's Christmas lights.

The hospital ship is out in Sierra Leone fighting to stop the spread of ebola.

It means that the southwest crew will be away from their families for Christmas.

On Thursday night Pirate FM's James Dundon handed over to the captain and crew to countdown to the turn on of the festive lights.

In a video message Captain David Buck said: "All onboard and ashore are working hard as we approach the festive season in very good spirits.

"Of course our families and loved ones back home are very much in our thoughts particularly at this time of year - and always.

"We all feel particularly honoured to have this opportunity to switch on the Christmas lights in Falmouth from 4,000 miles away, here in Sierra Leone.

"We're all extremely proud to be given this opportunity to share this moment with you. Have a wonderful festive period - and we look forward to seeing you when we get back to the UK."

Big crowds watched the message relayed on a giant screen - along with details of their mission to try to stamp out the deadly disease.

The crew are seen going about their duties - before assembling on the deck for the countdown.

You can watch the video here...

6:02am 5th December 2014

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