My ship and crew demonstrated exceptional teamwork today to save these lives, and I am immensely grateful to them all for their efforts in this operation.

Captain Steve Norris

The three survivors were treated for minor injuries in the ship's sick bay. A fourth person, the boat's skipper, last seen in the wheelhouse, is presumed dead - tingeing an otherwise successful search-and-rescue mission with sadness.

The Wildcat - flown by pilot Lieutenant Oliver Bundock and Observer/Flight Commander Lieutenant Amy Gilmore - has been heavily in demand for the past fortnight, flying emergency supplies, water especially, into remote communities in the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla.

Currently engaged in the UK government response to the devastation left behind by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, RFA Mounts Bay continues to deliver emergency relief to affected islands. Pre-positioned in the region, she provided initial assistance to Anguilla to clear the runway and helped fix basic infrastructure and provide shelter to people in the British Virgin Islands.

A specialist FCO team is on the ground to provide assistance to the individuals involved.