The Lookout

BBC show highlights Prince William’s helicopter rescues

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Prince William at the controls of a Sea King helicopter. (Photo by John Stillwell/Getty)

Prince William at the controls of a Sea King helicopter. (Photo by John Stillwell/Getty)

Prince William: reality TV star.

Well, sort of. The future king of England's day job is that of a helicopter rescue pilot for the Royal Air Force. A new BBC documentary on such pilots, appropriately called "Helicopter Rescue," shows what that's like for Flight Lieutenant Wales.

In the series' first episode, which will air on the BBC next month, the Duke of Cambridge is seen piloting a Sea King helicopter to help rescue a stranded boy who had fallen into a quarry. With a steady hand on the controls, William and his crew rescue the young child.

William spoke with the filmmakers about what goes through his mind during a rescue. "As captain you’re trying to play out the entire rescue ... in your mind and pick up any problems you can foresee, and try and fix them on the ground before you get airborne."

To William, the job is its own reward. "There’s no greater feeling than when you’ve actually done some good and saved someone’s life," he said. "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."

The documentary series won't just focus on William. Other episodes will highlight less royal but no less heroic rescue crews around the U.K.

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