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Prince William involved in Irish Sea rescue mission

The Duke of Cambridge co-piloted one of the helicopters as search teams tried to locate the eight crewmen of a sunken ship.

Prince William in uniform.
Prince William in uniform.
Image: John Stillwell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

PRINCE WILLIAM CO-PILOTED a helicopter during today’s search and rescue mission in the Irish Sea.

The Duke of Cambridge, who serves in the Royal Air Force (RAF), was part of the initial response team deployed after a cargo vessel got into trouble off the Welsh coast in the early hours of the morning.

The Prince’s crew was responsible for the rescue of two seamen, the Ministry of Defence told TheJournal.ie. They were both airlifted to safety and transferred to a local hospital.

The rescued men were two of eight Russian crew aboard the ship when it sank off the coast of north-west Wales overnight. One man has been found and confirmed dead. Five remain missing, the BBC reports.

The alarm was raised at about 2am when the ship’s hull reportedly broke and started letting in water.

Although the search for five missing crewmen continues, William and the rest of his Sea King helicopter team have returned to their base at RAF Valley, a spokesperson for the Ministry said.

The Dublin Coast Guard is assisting the Holyhead Coast Guard in the search. An Irish Air Corps aircraft and naval service ship have also been deployed to the scene.

Prince William joined the RAF in 2009 and last year completed his training to become a full-time co-pilot with the Search and Rescue Force.

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