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Hornchurch sailor helps flood-hit communities

Able Seaman Michael Barnes. Pic by Nicky Wilson/Royal Navy Able Seaman Michael Barnes. Pic by Nicky Wilson/Royal Navy

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
1:01 PM

It was all hands on deck for one Hornchurch sailor who has been helping flood-hit communities.

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Able Seaman Michael Barnes broke off from training at HMS Colingwood in Fareham, Hampshire to fill sandbags for residents in the south battling to protect their properties.

The 25-year-old, whose parents Perry and Kate still live in the area, has helped fill thousands of sandbags for properties in Berkshire and helped build a wall of them around the University of Southampton’s art school in Winchester.

Mr Barnes, a former pupil at The Albany School in Broadstone Road, Hornchurch, said: “It’s great to be able to help out in a crisis, it’s why I joined the Navy.”

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