LONDON — Britain's Prince William has completed his first mission as a
Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter co-pilot, plucking a
stricken worker from an offshore gas rig, his office said Tuesday.
28-year-old, who is second-in-line to the British throne, was among the
crew of a Sea King helicopter called to a rig in Morecambe Bay, off the
coast of northwestern England, on Saturday.
William's office said
the crew flew through "squally winds" and mild turbulence to collect
the rig worker, who had a suspected heart attack, and transport him to a
"Prince William is pleased finally to be able
to contribute to the lifesaving work of the search-and-rescue force. He
is proud, after two years of intense training, to be able to serve in
one of Britain's foremost emergency services," his office said in a