Prince William praised for helping save Russian sailors in daring rescue
Prince William helped save the lives of two crewman in a frantic rescue operation after a cargo ship sank early Sunday morning as gale-force winds swept across the Irish Sea.
William was co-pilot on the Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley in Wales which rescued two of the eight Russian crew members following a mayday call at about 2 a.m. Sunday. They returned to the area Monday morning to aid in the search for missing crew members.
Russia's ambassador to Britain has written to William to offer praise for the rescue efforts.
"We know that you took an active part in the rescue and the two seamen were saved thanks to your selfless effort under the bad weather conditions," ambassador Alexander Yakovenko told William in a letter.
"Let me express to you and your colleagues my deepest gratitude for saving the lives of the Russian citizens," he wrote.
The two survivors were flown back to RAF Valley before going to hospital.
"I think they are okay and are just suffering from shock," coast guard manager Ray Carson told the Daily Mail.
"In broken English and through drawing a diagram, the second officer told us the ship was hit by an enormous wave. It rolled the ship and broke its back. Obviously it was such a catastrophic failure she sank very quickly."