The Duke of Cambridge aka Flight Lieutenant Wales captained a helicopter rescue yesterday (August 16th) at Silver Bay in Anglesey, North Wales, where a 13-year-old girl and her sister, 16, were swept out to sea while bodyboarding.
The younger girl was saved by a surfer, but the 16-year-old was dragged out to sea by the rip tide.
“When I got to her, the elder girl was clearly exhausted and was going under the water for what was the very last time,” crew member Harry Harrison said, according to the Evening Standard. “We never know what we’ll face when we’re called out. Sometimes it’s 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.”
It only took the helicopter 38 seconds to get from the RAF base to the site, one of its “fastest and shortest” operations.
What tough decision will the prince have to make by year’s end?
The heir to the throne will have to decide whether or not to extend his tour of duty as a search-and-rescue pilot when his current one ends in 2013.
A St. James Palace spokesperson told SOCIALITE LIFE: “The situation remains the same for The Duke – his current tour of duty with the Search and Rescue Force is due to end mid 2013. The options he has are: undertake another tour with the Search and Rescue Force; undertake alternative duties within another area of the Armed Forces; or undertake full time Royal duties.”