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Wills in first mountain rescue mission

Posted 9 June 2010
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Wills in first mountain rescue mission
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Prince William has engaged in his first mission as a helicopter pilot for mountain rescue.

The heir to the throne, who completed his helicopter training last year, attended a callout in Snowdonia, where people venturing out with climbing gear often need help after getting into difficulties.

"I did my first mountain rescue the other day. It was amazing after all the training to see it all work in practice," he told the Daily Express.

However, he related, the mission was unable to save the accident victim, who had sustained severe head injuries in a fall.

Those who venture into places such as Snowdonia for adventure may wish to ensure they have the best climbing equipment available.

As well as the potential risks involved in climbing, the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) has noted that parking space shoratges are still a major issue, with many less spaces than needed to serve the high volume of mountain users.

In a feature on the subject, the body has said BMC Cymru is looking to come up with suggested solutions to help local authorities in the area deal with the problem.

Posted by Elaine Arthur