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Teen thanks prince for saving life

By Paul Keaveny

The Duke of Cambridge has been thanked by a teenager he rescued while on duty as a search and rescue pilot.

William came to the aid of Sharon West last year when she was caught in a rip tide.

She expressed her gratitude as the Duke attended an agricultural show on Anglesey, one of his last official appearances as a resident of the North Wales island.

William, who serves at RAF Valley on Anglesey, came face to face with Sharon in a meeting arranged by Channel 5 News.

In a light-hearted exchange with the teenager, he said the rescue was the quickest they had carried out. Sharon told him: "I just wanted to thank you for rescuing me last year."

He replied: "Was it you on the beach, you and your sister? How are you, are you all right?" She said: "Thank you." He added: "No, not at all. I'm glad you made a full recovery. A lot of time you never meet up with anyone after you've done it. It's a team thing. It was about 38 seconds, I think, it was the fastest ever one we've done – it's a good job it was.

"It was very nice to meet you. When you go out next time be aware of the conditions."

Afterwards, Sharon said: "He saved my life, and Squadron 22 as well, all of them together.

"He rescued me when I got swept out to sea. If he'd been a few seconds later I wouldn't be here today.

"I wanted to meet him to say thank you. It was amazing because he saved my life."

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