Prince To The Rescue

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A prince came to the rescue of a Welsh man last week but it was all in a day's work for Flt. Lt. Wales. The rookie RAF helicopter pilot, more popularly known as Prince William, was at the controls as he and three other crew flew a challenging search and rescue mission on Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. A hiker suffered a heart attack and William and his crew scrambled in poor weather over rough terrain. The hiker, Greg Watkins, was hoisted from the mountain in a sling while the prince hovered in appalling weather. "How he managed to get the helicopter so close defies belief," Watkins said from his hospital bed as he recovered from heart surgery. "The fog was so thick at times, you couldn't see your hand in front of your face. The rain was lashing down and it was howling a gale."

Watkins said having a future king in charge of his destiny made the experience that much more amazing but the British government was a little more restrained in its announcement. "Flight Lieutenant Wales was called out, as part of a four-man RAF search and rescue crew, to assist a man suffering from chest pains on Snowdon," said the news release. "The man was subsequently flown to a local hospital for treatment."