Following his recent graduation as a search and rescue pilot, today, October 5, it was reported that Prince William has performed his first official rescue. He was dispatched to Morecambe Bay, off the Lancashire’s west coast, to rescue a sick worker from an off-shore natural gas rig. The man was suffering from a suspected heart attack.
Prince William’s Morecambe Bay helicopter rescue went smoothly
According to a royal spokesperson, the rescue took place on Saturday. The spokesman stated,
“Prince William is pleased finally to be able to contribute to the life-saving work of the Search and Rescue Force.” The rescue took place on his first 24-hour on-call shift.
The Anglesey rescue base is one of six in the United Kingdom. According to reports, the crew flew through several squalls and mild turbulance to fetch the patient. They then transferred him on to an ambulance, which took the patient to Blackpool Victoria hospital, where his condition was later described as “comfortable.” The Sea King helicopter flight took around 30 minutes and Prince William acted as co-pilot.
The training of Flight Lieutenant Wales, as he’s known in the Royal Air Force, took two years. He received his search and rescue wings two weeks ago and his flying wings earlier this year. He’s expected to spend around three years in his role as a search and rescue pilot. Prince William is also expected to eventually make the rank of Captain, which would give him command of his own helicopter.
Prince William’s helicopter rescue is the result of two years of intensive training
It is generally believed that Prince William will not be permitted to serve in Afghanistan, due to his particular role as second in line to the throne. While Prince Harry is also training as an attack pilot, the younger prince’s own hoped-for return may also be thwarted by recent reports that he has been named a prime target in terrorist plots.
Prince William stays on the Anglesey base during his on-call shifts, but spends the rest of his free time with girlfriend Kate Middleton at a private cottage nearby.
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