Six Faslane staff in hospital after inhaling gas

Six Royal Navy personnel have been taken to hospital after inhaling gas during a routine fire exercise at Faslane.

The Royal Navy personnel inhaled gas during a routine exercise at Faslane. Picture: PA
The Royal Navy personnel inhaled gas during a routine exercise at Faslane. Picture: PA

The Royal Navy said the exercise on a surface ship triggered a fire suppression system.

Emergency services were called to the naval base just after 5:30am.

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The staff members were taken to the Royal Alexandria Hospital as a precaution and their families have been informed.

An investigation has also been launched.

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A Royal Navy spokesman said: “We can confirm that there has been an incident on a surface ship alongside HM Naval Base Clyde this morning.

“A routine fire exercise triggered the fire suppression system, which resulted in a number of personnel inhaling a gas.

“Six personnel were taken to hospital as a precaution; all others were declared fit at the naval base’s sick bay.”