Mail: "Were 30 Royal Marines Poisoned By Gas On Derelict Soviet Weapons Plant?"

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At least 30 Royal Marines became violently ill on a training mission at an abandoned Soviet chemical weapons plant, where they believe they were exposed to mustard gas.

The crack troops needed urgent medical attention while on manoeuvres on Sazan Island, an uninhabited island just off the Albanian coast where Soviet scientists developed deadly gases during the Cold War.

One Marine said: ‘The guys were in agony, the skin on their hands and arms went bright red then became blistered."


Were 30 Royal Marines poisoned by mustard gas on derelict Soviet weapons plant? Mystery as soldiers fall violently ill while training on island off Albania | Mail Online
 
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...or were the injuries caused by Giant Hogweed as the investigation concluded?

...The sap of Giant Hogweed contains toxic chemicals known as furanocoumarins. When these come into contact with the skin, and in the presence of sunlight, they cause a condition called phyto-photodermatitis: a reddening of the skin, often followed by severe burns and blistering. The burns can last for several months and even once they have died down the skin can remain sensitive to light for many years.





Every year there are press articles about gardeners, contractors, ramblers, children and others that have been hurt by this plant, just like this one:


 
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Well, actually, yes. Even if story origins are bollox, it's useful to know that they exist and then read the views of people who probably do know the truth.

By their nature, these sort of stories often crop up as conversations in pubs and the like. Often the MoD and/or the relevant Service is made to look bone. Accordingly, it's often good to be able to spread the word of sense into the ears of the pissed off and misled voting, tax paying Public. Hearts and minds.
 

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