Ascension

Breakthrough at last on Ascension-St Helena flights

Monthly flights between St Helena and Ascension Island have been negotiated, after months of discontent over the vital link being excluded from the original deal with winning contractor Comair. Each month, of the the airline’s Saturday flights from Johannesburg will land at St Helena and then continue on to Ascension for an overnight stop, before …

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Sick child ‘awake, talking and eating’ after slow dash to hospital on a mercy ship

The St Helenian child who reached hospital after a ship changed course to pick her up is faring well, her mother has reported. She put a message on Facebook saying: “The hospital is trying to diagnose her condition. She is awake, talking and eating; yet has her good and bad days.” She thanked people for their …

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Ship diverts 180 miles to pick up sick girl – after first offer of help was turned down

The Master and owners of a cargo ship have been praised for diverting to pick up a desperately sick child on St Helena – two days after being told their vessel was unsuitable. The MV Traveller was the only ship to respond to a call for help put out by coastguards in the UK. Update: sick …

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Ascension coin toasts The Iron Lady… in silver

Ascension Island has issued a special £2 coin to mark the passing of Baroness Thatcher, the former UK prime minister who sent a task force to the South Atlantic to wrest the Falklands from Argentine invaders. Wideawake Airfield on Ascension briefly became the world’s busiest airport during the conflict, with aircraft parked wing-to-wing in every …

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Family sues over soldier injured in Ascension cycle crash

A soldier who fell off a bicycle during a training exercise on Ascension has been paid an undisclosed sum to fund her daily care, reports the UK-based Chronicle Live website. Joanne Lilley, 41, was on the island preparing for deployment to Afghanistan when she lost control on a bend and hit her head, suffering life-changing damage. Chronicle …

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