The royal says bringing someone back from the edge of death is powerful

Prince William has spoken about the sense of pride he gets from working as an RAF search and rescue pilot.

The helicopter captain, 30, helps to rescue those in danger near his base RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales and reckons there’s ‘no greater feeling than when you’ve actually saved a life’.

‘To be able to see a son or daughter’s face when you bring their mother or father back from the edge of death, it’s quite powerful,’ says William.

‘It is not easy, it makes you feel worried, concerned, you obviously want to make the right call.’

Father-to-be William and his colleagues have been filmed carrying out their harrowing missions for new BBC series Helicopter Rescue, which starts next Monday.

In the first episode, William is seen hovering his Sea King chopper over a quarry as his co-workers are winched down to rescue a boy who’s fallen from a railway bridge onto jagged rocks.

‘As captain you’re trying to play out the entire rescue in your mind and pick up any problems you can foresee,’ says William.

‘I have a duty of care for the crew, for the casualty in many cases as well, so you do have to think very carefully.’

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Anna Duff