Tragic ending to rescue mission for Prince William
Tragedy has hit Prince William in his life as a helicopter rescue pilot.
The prince was the co-pilot for a Royal Air Force recue mission in North Wales that was dispatched when an elderly woman fell 100 metres from a cliff on Monday, reports The Sun. The woman, Barabara Mageean, 73, was found on the rocks.
The rescue team managed to reach the woman and lift her to the Sea King helicopter on a stretcher, but she later died in hospital at Bangor. A source told The Sun that William "kept calm and focused on his training" during the rescue.
Mageean, a grandmother of five, was walking with her husband and her dog on the isle of Anglesey. William is stationed at RAF Valley on Anglesey.
It was thought Mrs Mageean tried to grab the pet, fearing it might go over the cliff, but then lost her balance.
An RAF spokesman confirmed that a rescue team had been dispatched to help an elderly woman.
Meanwhile, the Prince and his bride-to-be Kate will be the centre of attention today as they go for a walkabout at Anglesey. The official purpose is to launch a new lifeboat for the base, but all eyes will be on Kate as she undertakes her first official duty as a royal family member in-waiting.
Lifeboat workers scrub the launch area at Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station at Anglesey on Thursday before Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive to launch a new Atlantic 85 insore lifeboat, Hereford Endeavour. (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images).