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Jason in Libya rescue mission

A SHIRLEY man took part in an operation to rescue hundreds of civilians stranded in Libya.

A SHIRLEY man took part in an operation to rescue hundreds of civilians stranded in Libya.

Jason Comerford, aged 31, is serving on board HMS Cumberland, which evacuated 400 people from the port of Benghazi.

The former St Peter’s pupil had been due to return home, before his ship was sent on the daring rescue mission.

Proud mum Karen said: “He was due to finish his six-month tour, but then the whole situation changed in the Middle East.

“His ship was called in to help and so he’s going to be home later than he expected. We’re looking forward to having him back with us.”

HMS Cumberland, which will be decommissioned on return to the UK, was dispatched to the region last month.

Dozens of Britons were among those to escape on the frigate, as violence continues to escalate in the Middle East.

Jason has also been helping evacuees process their immigration, after being dropped off in nearby Malta.

It’s been a baptism by fire for the former office worker who only joined the Navy a year ago, having been made redundant, and started his tour in October.

“It was a complete surprise when he told us that he was going to sign up,” added Karen, who works as a carer. “I think he just fancied a change.

“He’s a big Birmingham City fan so he was really disappointed that he missed the Carling Cup final.”

But Jason was able to see some of the match onboard and is hoping to be back in time if the Blues get through to the FA Cup semi-final.

 

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