Wills part of rescue team sent to rescue heart-attack victim

Prince William went back to work after announcing his engagement to Kate Middleton on 16 November – and saved a man’s life.

The Prince, a flight lieutenant with the RAF Search and Rescue Force, co-piloted a Sea King helicopter through a storm and thick fog to save dad-of-two Greg Watkins, who suffered a heart attack 3,000ft up Mount Snowdon in North Wales.

‘If it wasn’t for him and the rest of his crew, I’d be dead,’ says Greg

On Thursday, just 48 hours after facing the cameras with his bride-to-be, Wills helped perform the daring manoeuvre so that a member of the crew could be winched down to help the 45-year-old walker.

Gym worker Greg was taken to hospital in Bangor.

‘The winchman helped me out and on to a stretcher and whispered, “Prince William‘s just flown you here”,’ Greg tells the Sunday Mirror.

‘I looked up at him and just said: “Oh. Tell him thank you.”‘

All the team are, of course, heroes just like William, 28.  

The Prince, 2nd in line to the throne, and Kate‘s wedding is expected to be as early as March, after which Wills plans to continue serving with the Royal Air Force.

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