Arctic trained Royal Marines have stepped in to drive doctors to Devon’s hospitals


Devon’s Royal Marines are using their Arctic training to help get doctors to hospitals and emergency calls in Torbay and Exeter today.

With heavy snow making most of the county’s roads impassable 14 marines from 3 Commando Brigade are assisting the emergency services.

Calling upon their specialist cold weather driving skills, the commandos have taken emergency doctors to both Torbay and Royal Devon and Exeter hospitals.

Royal Marines conduct winter training in Norway each year, including icebreaker drills  – so they are more than at home in the unpleasant weather conditions that the UK has been hit with this week.

The main roads between Exeter, Newton Abbot and Plymouth have now reopened in both directions following work to clear the snow.