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Britain's Prince William co-piloted a helicopter that rescued two people after their ship capsized in the Irish Sea. One person died and 5 are still missing in the incident.
Britain's Prince William co-piloted a helicopter which rescued two people early on Sunday, after a ship capsized in the Irish Sea.
One person died and another 5 are still missing, after the 81-meter cargo carrier sank some 10 miles west of the Llyn peninsula in north Wales.
William—who also holds the title, 'The Duke of Cambridge'—was called into action after the Swanland ship issued a mayday call at around 2am when its hull cracked.
Two Russian crew members of the Cook Islands-registered vessel were pulled from the water soon after the alarm was raised.
The crew were airlifted to safety by William's Sea King helicopter and were later taken to hospital in Bangor for precautionary checks.
The Royal Air Force later released dramatic video footage of the rescue, said to have been filmed from the helicopter William was co-piloting.
At one point, the winch-man attempting to reach two survivors in a life raft is seen to land in the water some meters from the raft.
The two members were successfully rescued in a later attempt.
Another crew member was found in the water later in the morning but the Maritime and Coastguard Agency says the victim has now been confirmed dead.
Gale-force winds had battered the Irish Sea during the early hours of Sunday morning; Coastguards believe its force could have been what caused the incident.