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Prince William rescues two girls swept out to sea in Wales


Prince William (pictured here in his RAF uniform) piloted a helicopter in the rescue of two teenaged girls on Thursday, August 16.


John Stillwell

Prince William lived up to the "knight in shining armor" stereotype when he rescued two teenage girls who got swept out to sea in North Wales. 

The two girls were body-boarding off the Anglesey coast Thursday afternoon when they got caught in a rip tide. The 16 year old was trying to help her 13-year-old sister when she got stuck out at sea, the Telegraph reported

The Prince, who is an RAF search and rescue captain by day, piloted the helicopter out to the girls less than 38 seconds after receiving a distress call from two surfers who spotted them, according to ABC News

Luckily for the two girls, William—who works under the title Flight Lt. Wales—had cut short his Olympics viewing schedule to head back to work, ABC News reported. 

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The Prince and his teammates winched the 16-year-old girl to safety. Her sister had made it safely to shore by the time the team got there, which we wonder if she regrets now.

Other than some minor scrapes and bruises, the two girls were not injured, but were sent to a nearby hospital in Bangor for check-ups, E! Online reported

"When I got to her, the elder girl was clearly exhausted and was going under the water for what was the very last time," Winchman Master Aircrew Harry Harrison said, according to UPI.

"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," he added.