A TEAM of Royal Marines from Norton Manor Camp has been spearheading the relief efforts on a Caribbean island in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Troops from 40 Commando, based in Norton Fitzwarren, along with Army Commandos, are helping the people of Grand Turk following the devastating storm.

They were the first military to reach the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands, with a much larger force arriving in the next couple of days.

The 40 Commando Royal Marines and specialist engineers from 24 Commando Regiment Royal Engineers sat down with community leaders, disaster relief experts and a United Nations response team to decide what assistance was required first.

The troops also helped unload 2,000 bottles of water for residents from a merchant vessel docked at the pier.

Since being hit by Irma, water has begun to run low on the tiny island, home to about 3,700 people, due to severe damage to Grand Turk's treatment facility.