Prince William Flies To Aid Rescue Of Drowning Boy, 16, In A Lake.
The Duke of Cambridge was in an emergency air ambulance crew that rushed to the lake at the Lee Valley Park in Cheshunt, Herts, last night.
But tragically after an hour-long search, the boy’s body was pulled from the water and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
A video taken of the search shows the royal landing the chopper at near Turnford Brook at just before 8pm.
A witness said: “We knew something was up when a helicopter was flying extremely low just over the Lee Valley Park.
“We could see it was landing so ran over to see what was going on.
“Little did we expect to see Prince William himself flying the helicopter.
“It was a very surreal moment when he left the helicopter to help with the search and rescue, for he had no visible guards or protection.
“He arrived in an East Anglia Air Ambulance with one other co-pilot.”
He added he did not see the young boy’s body removed from the water but said people were ushered away from the scene.
William has been a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance for a number of years now but is due to leave the job this summer.
He has apparently quit to focus on carrying out royal duties on a full-time basis.
Another eyewitness, Dave Samuels, said: “There were two helicopters, one police, and one air ambulance, there were emergency services everywhere including water rescue with people getting boats ready.
“Whatever had actually happened, you couldn’t say the emergency services hadn’t tried, I have never seen so many.”
A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokeswoman said: “A search led by the fire service was carried out.
“The boy was recovered from the water but sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene.
“There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident and a file will be prepared for the coroner of Hertfordshire.”