Teenager Sharon West has expressed her thanks to Prince William who was part of a five-strong RAF crew that saved her in what was described as one of the “fastest and shortest” rescue operations.
On Friday, the Duke helped to winch Sharon out of the water at Silver Bay in Anglesey, North Wales, whilst her 13-year-old sister Tamara managed to swim safely to shore.
The sisters, who hail from Weston Beggard, near Hereford, were on holiday in the area, but Sharon got into difficulty whilst bodyboarding.
Sharon, 16, said: “The sea was really choppy, the string snapped on my bodyboard so I had nothing to keep me afloat; I screamed to Tamara to keep hold of hers.”
She added: “If it wasn”t for the fast response of two surfers who alerted the RAF, and also the quick response from the crew of the Sea King helicopter, including Prince William, I wouldn’t be here today.”
The teenager, who was taken to hospital after the incident, recalled: “I remember saying to the winch men that I thought my life was over. I would like to say a big thank you to all of them.”