Lieutenant Paddy Rice luckiest soldier in Afghanistan

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  1. Lieutenant Paddy Rice 'luckiest soldier in Afghanistan' after Taliban sniper shooting
    British Army officer, Lieutenant Paddy Rice, has been described as "the luckiest soldier in Afghanistan" after surviving being shot by a Taliban sniper.

    By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent, Nad e'Ali, Afghanistan
    Published: 6:30AM GMT 22 Nov 2009


    Lieutenant Paddy Rice of the 1st battalion Grenadier Guards was wounded in the back and neck while on duty in central Helmand.
    The bullet struck the officer just beneath his left shoulder blade, then travelled inside his back and up to his neck, where it left his body, passed his right ear before blasting a hole through his helmet.
    After being injured, Lt Rice, who was serving with the battalion's Inkerman Company, was flown by a Medical Emergency Response Team Chinook helicopter from his base to Camp Bastion, where his wounds were cleaned and left open for three days before being stitched under general anaesthetic.
    The 25-year-old Guard's Officer was offered the chance of recuperating from his wound in the UK but refused and is now back serving with his platoon on the front line in the Nad e'Ali area of central Helmand.
    The drama unfolded on the afternoon of October 26th, while Lt Rice was on the roof of British base known as Compound 23 in the Chah-e'Anjir area of central Helmand.
    The soldier was dressed in his body armour and helmet and was in a kneeling position when he was spotted by a Taliban fighter who opened fire through a "murder hole" – in a mud wall.
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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/6622802/Lieutenant-Paddy-Rice-luckiest-soldier-in-Afghanistan-after-Taliban-sniper-shooting.html?
     
  2. Well done that man. I wonder if he got better treatment out there than he would have had here because of the experience of the medical teams.
     
  3. What! No trauma counselling, months off work and a massive compensation payout? Shurley shome mishtake?
     
  4. Oh Buck,you old cynic you!
     
  5. Are you outraged?
     
  6. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer


    He's a good old fashioned soldier of the push on and finish the job brigade
    Not some whining civvie fukcing typist whose life has been ruined by a chipped nail or being called love or me duck
     
  7. That, and due to "procurement delays" we haven't got round to supplying MRSA "In theatre".
     
  8. Constantly. Bus is DI'd and ready for the off.

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  9. :lol: nice
     
  10. Good job. It won't be long before 'somebody' notices that Lt Rice was "sitting down smoking a cigarette when they arrived at his base."

    You can imagine the cries and snarls of righteous outrage when they do --"SMOKING IN THE WORKPLACE!!!! Has he no thought for those about him? Hang him high! What kind of example is that to set!"

    Then you can hire the OB out at a decent rate ... the Gruaniad readers alone will fill the seats.
     
  11. Due to contractor issues MRSA is only availible on the NHS in the UK.

    BSN, despite being stuck in a revolting desert dealing with casualties with some horrific injuries dripping in sh1t and dirt, seems unable to grow these cultures.

    I blame the caliber and attitude of the staff...
     
  12. He was also heard to mumble " Fecking rag heads" after being shot.
    He is being investiagted by the CPS and will be prosecuted for racism, the ModDhave stated that he will be put on a "How to be fluffy to people not the same colour as you course" and then drummed out of the service.
     
  13. Sorry looks like i misquoted. I meant to quote Excognito

    "Good job. It won't be long before 'somebody' notices that Lt Rice was "sitting down smoking a cigarette when they arrived at his base."

    You can imagine the cries and snarls of righteous outrage when they do --"SMOKING IN THE WORKPLACE!!!! Has he no thought for those about him? Hang him high! What kind of example is that to set!"


    PO
     
  14. That's the only close shave he's likely to need for a while.

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    But seriously, he is a lucky man. All the best to him.

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