Prince William's Heroic Rescue Mission

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British royal Prince William has been hailed a hero after rescuing a man in Wales just days after his star-studded wedding to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

The couple wed in London's Westminster Abbey on April 29 but they delayed their honeymoon so Prince William could return to work as a helicopter rescue pilot for the Royal Air Force.

Last Wednesday, the 28 year old was involved in a daring rescue mission to help Nick Barnett, who suffered a heart attack while climbing a hill in Snowdonia, north Wales.

Prince William flew Barnett to a nearby hospital, and the 70 year old, who is recovering well, has praised the royal and his colleagues.

He says, "I'm grateful to Prince William and the crew and the member of Llanberis mountain rescue who came to my aid.

"The winchman did a wonderful job, as did the whole helicopter crew. You see all the documentaries and it all looks hair-raising. Until it happens to you, you don't appreciate their skill and bravery.

"I didn't set out to be rescued by Prince William. My family and friends are all stunned."

(Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

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