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Marines' landing craft will rescue stranded cars

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

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CARS stranded after a landslip in Calstock are to be rescued by the Royal Marines.

After a request for help by Cornwall Council on behalf of Calstock villagers, the Royal Marines have offered to transfer the cars by landing craft, using existing slipways.

On Christmas Day motorists were cut off after a retaining wall carrying the highway collapsed.

Commanding Officer of 1 Assault Group, Colonel Garth Manger, said: "The Royal Navy is delighted to come to the aid of the civilian authorities who would normally assist the public.

"In this case we are using Royal Marine expertise in providing amphibious boats, where there is no other feasible access, to repatriate vehicles to the national road network.

"My men train to conduct disaster relief around the world and while this is different it is a fantastic opportunity to do some real training while helping the community in which we live. The car owners will also have a chance to accompany their cars on the specialist landing craft normally used to transport troops and amphibious vehicles."

The landslide occurred on Commercial Road in Lower Kelly. 1 Assault Group Royal Marines based in HM Naval Base, Devonport are planning, with the consent of car owners, to take the cars one by one to Cotehele Quay slipway.

Motorists will be offered the chance to travel with their cars down river.

The council has hired cars temporarily for those affected by the landslide.

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