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Isle of Man blast soldier 'lives for Marines'

An Isle of Man Royal Marine who was badly injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan "lives for the corps", his father has said.

Martin Peters, 23, from Douglas, was on patrol when he was caught by the blast in Helmand Province on Friday.

He is being treated for shrapnel wounds and a badly broken leg at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

His parents, Derek and Karen, are with him at the hospital and said he was in good spirits.

Concern for friends

"He absolutely loves the Marines and all his friends in that corps, and that's what gets them through at the end of the day," said Mr Peters.

"I was talking to him yesterday and he said one of his first concerns was after he woke up from the blast, or recovered himself, his very first thoughts were 'what about my friend?'

"And he said 'I tried to get up and run to him, and obviously I couldn't'.

"When the medics came running his first reaction was 'go and sort out my friend first, I'm ok I'll sort myself out'."

Marine Peters took part in Armed Forces Day on the Isle of Man less than a month ago, shortly before flying out to continue his tour with 40 Commando.

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