Prince William pilots helicopter sea rescue of two girls in Wales
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Prince William was the pilot of a helicopter that rescued two schoolgirls from the sea in Wales yesterday.
The Duke of Cambridge piloted the RAF Sea King helicopter while colleagues winched the girls to safety from the Silver Bay in Anglesey, according to the Telegraph.
The two holidaymakers, aged 13 and 16, had been caught on a riptide while body-boarding and, according to the BBC, were described as "fighting a losing battle and were swept out to sea".
Winchman, Master Aircrew Harry Harrison, told the BBC: "When I got to her, the elder girl was clearly exhausted and was going under the water for what was the very last time."
He added: "We never know what we'll face when we're called out.
"Sometimes it's just a twisted ankle or a broken bone, but this was one rescue where we truly did arrive in the nick of time and managed to save two young lives."
Both girls were taken to Ysbysty Gwynedd in Bangor and, on the way to the hospital, the elder girl thanked the winchman and said she thought it was all over when she sank beneath the waves.
It seems lifeguards and rescue services in coastal areas have been kept very busy during the summer holidays; on Tuesday, 30 holidaymakers had to be rescued by lifeguards after getting stuck in a strong rip current at Croyde Beach in Devon.
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