Though Prince William’s Royal Air Force dreams were somewhat stymied when he was barred from serving in Afghanistan, he’s still been able to make himself an action hero at home.
William, 30, stationed in the RAF Valley airbase, rescued a 16-year-old girl who had been swept out to sea while trying to rescue her 13-year-old sister, who was caught in a riptide.
The Duke of Cambridge (known as Flight Lieutenant Wales to military folk) arrived on the scene 38 seconds after the call from the coastguards came in, piloting his Sea King helicopter over the Welsh bay while his partner pulled the girl from the water.
One of the onlookers made the understatement of the year, saying: “She had been in serious difficulties and was very lucky.” In non-British, that means that she almost drowned but was saved by an actual, real life prince.
The prince qualified to pilot the Sea King as an operational search and rescue captain this June, and has obviously been on active duty since then. He was very excited about his promotion earlier this year, saying: “The training has been challenging, but I have enjoyed it immensely. I absolutely love flying, so it will be an honor to serve operationally with the Search and Rescue Force.”
We’re sure Kate’s proud!