William to the Rescue
William: There's No Better Feeling Than Saving A Life
Prince William looks set to be the accidental star of a new program on the BBC entitled Helicopter Rescue which will show the working day of Flight Lieutenant Wales and some of the missions that he is called out on.
In a teaser for the programme ahead of its broadcast on April 8, Flt Lt Wales is shown flying a Sea King helicopter on a rescue mission to a slate quarry in Blaenau Ffestiniog.
The 30-year-old has to hover the helicopter as a boy and one of his crew are winched from the ground after the boy had fallen off an old railway bridge onto rocks.
"As captain you're trying to play out the entire rescue, the transit to the rescue and back again in your mind, and pick up any circumstances or problems you can foresee, and try and fix them on the ground before you get airborne," Flt Lt Wales says in the programme.
Although still cameras have been permitted to record William's daily life before, the footage on the BBC show Helicopter Rescue is the first extensive film of the Duke of Cambridge in action.
In a specially-recorded interview William says: "There's no greater feeling than when you've actually done some good and saved someone's life. I don't think there's any greater calling in 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."
In one of the lighter moments, local mountain rescue team leader Phil Benbow tells the show that as it is so hard to differentiate between pilots, "When people come to us and say 'Was that Prince William flying?' we generally we say yes because it makes them feel better."