Prince William Rescue
November 28, 2011 by staff
The prince, known as Flight Lt. William Wales in Britain’s Royal Air Force, co-piloted a helicopter which rescued two crew members after their vessel’s hull cracked in gale force winds off the coast of north Wales, Britain’s defense ministry said. The men were airlifted to William’s RAF Valley base, on the Welsh island of Anglesey.
Authorities said five people remain missing after the Cook Islands-registered Swanland cargo ship, which had eight people on board and was carrying thousands of tons of limestone, sent a mayday call. The ship’s crew sent out the distress call at about 2:00 a.m. GMT, according to BBC News.
The Russian ambassador to the U.K. thanked the Duke of Cambridge, 29, for joining the rescue mission.
“All day long we were anxiously following the rescue operation searching for Russian seamen from the sunk Swanland vessel,” Alexander Yavovenko wrote in a letter published on the embassy’s website. “We know that you took an active part in the rescue and the two seamen were saved thanks to your selfless effort under the bad weather conditions. Let me express to you and your colleagues my deepest gratitude for saving the lives of the Russian citizens.”
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