Prince William Carries Out His First Rescue Mission

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October 5, 2010 | 2:25pm EST

British heir Prince William has lifted a sick man from an off-shore gas rig on his first mission as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.
The 28-year-old royal has been working as a pilot for the Royal Air Force, after graduating two weeks ago.

William was called out for the first time on Saturday after an emergency call was placed from the rig in the Irish Sea, and was co-pilot on the Sea King helicopter as it scrambled into action.

A spokesperson for the Prince reveals, “Prince William is pleased finally to be able to contribute to the life-saving work of the Search and Rescue Force.

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

The condition of the rescued man, who suffered a suspected heart attack, was unknown as WENN went to press.

The prince is expected to spend up to three years as a frontline search and rescue pilot, reports AFP.

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