Prince William leads mission to rescue missing sailors



Prince William leads mission to rescue missing sailors London: Prince William has joined a Royal Air Force mission to rescue eight sailors on board a cargo ship which sank in a storm in the Irish Sea, media reports said on Sunday.

The Duke of Cambridge, second in line to the British throne, helped lead rescue efforts for eight sailors on board a cargo ship which sank in a storm off the coast of north Wales.

William, 29, co-piloted an RAF Sea King helicopter which lifted two crew members from the Swanland to safety in the early today, Sunday Telegraph reported.

The body of one of their fellow seamen was later recovered from the Irish Sea amid gale force winds after the vessel's hull split in half off the Llyn Peninsula.

Hopes were fading for five others, all understood to be Russian, after a life raft from the stricken ship was found on rocks on Bardsey Island.

Although the Duke of Cambridge is a co-pilot in the RAF Search and Rescue Force at Valley, it is not yet known whether he was involved.

Prince William married his longtime girlfriend, the then Catherine Middleton, on 29 April this year.

PTI