The Duke of Cambridge has taken part in a rescue mission to save Russian sailors after their cargo ship sank in the choppy waters of the Irish Sea.
Flight Lieutenant Wales – Prince William”s name in the Royal Air Force – co-piloted the search and rescue helicopter that plucked two crew members from the water.
Unfortunately, the drama claimed one man”s life and another five sailors are still missing after William and his crew failed to locate them in the force eight gale.
The future King was called into action during the early hours of Sunday morning after the massive Swanland vessel loaded with 3,000 tonnes of limestone was hit by a wave thought to be caused by high winds.
William was on the mission, which lasted into the following day, for several hours.
On Sunday, another search and rescue chopper – not thought to have the Prince at the controls – left the RAF base to continue the search for the five men who remain stranded at sea.
The drama comes just weeks after the Ministry of Defence announced the details of the royal helicopter pilot”s deployment to the Falklands early next year.
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