Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Prince William rescues couple in helicopter

Prince William

Prince William rescued a stranded couple from Snowdonia, North Wales, a mountainous terrain with frigid temperatures, via helicopter earlier this week.

The British royal is a fully trained pilot with the United Kingdom’s RAF Search and Rescue Force.

Two unidentified people in their 40s and 50s got stranded in Snowdonia, North Wales and were forced to camp out at night in the treacherous terrain Monday.

The pair committed to calling a friend once a day during their hike in the mountains and when they missed the phone call their pal alerted authorities.

Ten Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team members and a few trained dogs found the couple and called in William from his base at RAF Valley in Anglesey to take them to safety in his helicopter.

“The helicopter came about 1am to search the mountain which was quite difficult with patches of low cloud,” a source told British newspaper The Mirror.

“Flying in the mountains at night with banks of low cloud requires great skill.”

Clarence House announced that the Duke of Cambridge passed his captaincy tests on May 29, 2012.

He is allowed to take charge of operations to help stranded mountaineers or exhausted swimmers across the UK.

The 30-year-old joined the squadron at RAF Valley in Anglesey in 2010 and has undergone two years of flying experience in Sea King helicopters.

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