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RAF Search and Rescue

It toughens a man in the best way to be involved with this kind of work -

'Prince William carried out his first rescue mission in his new job as a search and rescue helicopter pilot, lifting an ill man from an off-shore gas rig', a royal spokesman said Tuesday.

The 28-year-old, who is second in line to the throne, was scrambled into action on Saturday, co-piloting a Royal Air Force (RAF) Sea King helicopter to a gas platform in the Irish Sea.

It was his first rescue job since graduating two weeks ago 'after two years of intense training'.

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A terrific force. RAF SAR Force

The Royal Air Force maintains a 24-hour search and rescue service covering the whole of the United Kingdom and a large surrounding area. Whilst the service exists primarily to assist military aircrew and other personnel in distress, the vast majority of ‘scrambles’ are to assist civilians who find themselves in difficulties, either on land or at sea.

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