Prince William, his helicopter and RAF team on the board led a rescue mission to save a 16-year-old teenage girl from drowning who got into difficulties off the Welsh coast after being alerted by surfers.
According to the report, Prince William and his RAF team rushed to help the two sisters who were in danger after being caught on a riptide while body-boarding.
The 30-year-old Duke of Cambridge William piloted the RAF Sea King helicopter while his colleagues winched the 16-year-old scared teenager to safety from the off Silver Bay, Anglesey.
Winchman, Master Aircrew Harry Harrison has said : ‘ When I got to her, the elder girl was clearly exhausted and was going under the water for what was the very last time. We never know what we’ll face when we’re called out. Sometimes its just a twisted ankle or a broken bone, but this was one rescue where we truly did arrive in the nick of time and managed to save two young lives. ‘
The older schoolgirl, thought to be from Hertfordshire, had been trying to help her 13-year-old sister and both were taken to hospital in Bangor for a check-up.
Prince William Rescue Mission / Prince William to the rescue drowning girl
Flight Lt Wales was on duty when his crew was called out from the nearby Valley airbase. 2 surfers waved and pointed to catch the rescuers’ attention. After pulling the older schoolgirl aboard, Prince William and the RAF team started searching for her younger 13-year-old sister before they were told she was safe on the shore.
One of the rescuers said : ‘ She had scrapes, was very cold, shocked and had swallowed water. She had been in serious difficulties and was very lucky. ‘
Earlier yesterday, the Prince William’s helicopter had been called to people thought to be in trouble in the sea at Rhosneigr, but they managed to reach the shore safely. Prince William qualified as an RAF search and rescue captain at the end of May after serving as a co-pilot.
After Prince William’s wedding to the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, the pair set up home in Anglesey where No 22 Squadron is based. William’s duties have prevented him from carrying out royal engagements and he was absent at the Closing Ceremony of London 2012.