Prince William rescues stranded couple in Snowdonia

prince-william-rescue-wales.jpgPrince William, new dad-to-be and heir to the British throne, had quite an adventure Tuesday (Feb. 26), when he was called in on a Royal Air Force rescue mission in Snowdonia, North Wales.

According to reports, a couple had gone hiking in the Glyder range of mountains and were unable to get back, forcing them to spend the night. Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue eventually found the stranded couple and Prince William was then dispatched from his base at Royal Air Force Valley in Anglesey to rescue them.

Chris Lloyd of Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue recounts to the Mirror what had happened to the couple.

"They were well-equipped apart from the lack of ice axes and crampons, and did the right thing to stay put," says Lloyd. "It's quite treacherous if you walk the wrong way. They had arranged to ring a friend every evening and when they failed to do so the friend called police."

Lloyd also praises Prince William's rescue efforts.

"The helicopter came about 1 a.m. to search the mountain, which was quite difficult with patches of low clouds," says Lloyd. "Flying in the mountains at night with banks of low cloud requires great skill."
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