Prince William may be royalty, but he’s not using that as an excuse to ditch his duties as a Royal Air Force pilot. In fact, Wills just chartered his helicopter a mere 38 seconds after receiving a distress call, and was able to save a female teenager who had gotten carried out off the coast of Anglesey. Angelesy also happens to be where Will and Kate Middleton reside.
A 13-year-old girl and her 16-year-old sister were bodyboarding off the coast of Anglesey when they were caught by a riptide. Onlookers managed to pull out the younger sister, but the older sister was stranded at sea. Thankfully, Will’s plane reached the coast in, yes, 38 seconds, and rescuers were able to save the older sister.
One of the rescuers, Harry Harrison, tells the BBC about the situation:
“When I got to her, the elder girl was clearly exhausted and was going under the water for what was the very last time. 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. We never know what we’ll face when we’re called out.”
Much of the rescue’s success was due to Prince William. The RAF tells the BBC that his plane Rescue 137 had just landed in the RAF Valley after a similar rescue, also in Anglesey. Rescuers received the distress call, and had to go back up “within seconds”. It was also one of the “fastest and shortest” operations.
Bravo, Prince William, a.k.a. the real-life Prince Charming.