Prince William Rescue Of Hiking Couple Successful; Helicopter Air Lifted Hikers To Safety In Freezing Conditions, Has ‘Great Skill’
By Staff Writer | March 01, 2013 10:12 AM EST
The British royal Prince William rescue of two stranded hikers occurred on Tuesday, Feb. 26 in north Wales.
Prince William came to the rescue of two hikers in the mountainous and ominous-sounding Snowdonia region of Wales, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
Prince William is a Search and Rescue Operations flight lieutenant.
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The two hikers have yet been unidentified, but are reportedly in their 40’s and 50’s. The couple had been reported missing on Monday after they didn’t contact a friend, who had been expecting their call.
The Daily Mirror reported that a group of rescue personnel searched for the two hikers, who had been forced to set up camp in freezing conditions.
Ten members of the Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team found the stranded hiking couple, and Prince William was then called in to airlift the couple to safety.
Prince William is based in the Royal Air Force Station Valley (RAF Valley) in Anglesey Wales. After he was alerted to the hikers’ plight and location, and flew in dangerously freezing conditions to bring them to safety.
Chris Lloyd of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue team commented, “The helicopter came about 1am to search the mountain which was quite difficult with patches of low cloud. Flying in the mountains at night with banks of low cloud requires great skill.”
The 30-year-old prince has served as a search-and-rescue pilot in the Royal Air Force since September 2010.
This is not the first rescue that the Duke of Cambridge has made.
Last August, Prince William rescued an injured Canadian hiker from the Anglesey coast.
Prince William picked up the 58-year-old hiker named Darlene Burton in a helicopter after she broke her leg during a 10-day hike, according to Canada’s Globe and Mail.
That same month, Prince William saved two teenage girls who had been swept out to sea off the coast of Anglesey when body-boarding. Prince William picked up the girls in record-breaking time; it only took him 38 seconds to arrive on the scene.
The BBC reported of the rescue that the RAF called the mission one of its “fastest and shortest operations” ever.
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