'Proud' Prince William completes first rescue mission

Wednesday October 6, 2010

Prince William has carried out his first air-sea rescue with the RAF, weeks after graduating.

As part of a four-man crew onboard a Sea King helicopter, the 28-year-old was called to an offshore oil rig in Morecombe Bay on Saturday after a man suffered a suspected heart attack.

The team left their RAF Anglesey base just seven minutes after the emergency call came in, landing on the platform 24 minutes later.

After being assessed by the RAF winchman, the 52-year-old man was transferred over water to a landing site, from where he was taken to Blackpool Victoria hospital by ambulance. He is said to be in a "comfortable condition".

"Prince William is pleased finally to be able to contribute to the life-saving work of the Search and Rescue Force," a spokesman said.

"He is proud after two years of intense training, to be able to serve in one of Britain's foremost emergency services."

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