The 30-year-old Duke of Cambridge, who serves as a search-and-rescue pilot in the Royal Air Force (RAF), completed his second rescue in four days Monday when he helped pull an injured Canadian hiker from the coast of Anglesey, Wales.
Darlene Burton, 58, of Barrie, Ontario, was completing a 10-day hike around the island of Anglesey when she slipped on a rock and broke her left leg, Canada’s Globe and Mail reported.
Her husband, Lawrence Oakley, flagged down a local fisherman who called for help but the paramedics who responded to the scene were not able to help her, he told the paper.
Paramedics called in the RAF to help and Prince William piloted the RAF Sea King helicopter to the rescue.
“They all know up here that that’s his job,” Oakley told the Globe and Mail by phone from the hospital in Bangor where Burton was taken. “He assisted in helping Darlene when they moved the stretcher out [of the helicopter].”
Burton underwent surgery to repair multiple fractures to her leg, Oakley told the paper.
William piloted a rescue mission last Thursday to save a 16-year-old girl who had been swept out to sea off the coast of Silver Bay in Anglesey. The girl and her 13-year-old sister had been body-boarding in the water when they were caught on a riptide. The older girl remained stranded in the water until an RAF rescue helicopter captained by the prince came to her rescue and pulled her safely to shore.
Prince William became an RAF search-and-rescue captain in May. His No. 22 Squadron is based in Anglesey, close to where the rescue took place and where he and wife, Kate Middleton, have set up home.