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Rebecca Wear Robinson
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Prince William – Water Rescue Hero

by Rebecca Wear Robinson on August 22, 2012


Prince William made headlines again this week with a fast (38 seconds) and dramatic rescue of two sisters caught in a rip tide off the coast of Anglesey. This isn’t the first time that the Duke of Cambridge has piloted his RAF helicopter to aid a swimmer in distress, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. And yet, just like the many other men and women who risk their lives saving others – helicopter pilots, rescue swimmers and lifeguards – Prince William has not sought the spotlight in the course of his military duty. The spotlight, has, however, sought him. Understandable given his dedication to public service on behalf of his country, a dedication his new Duchess clearly shares.

Wouldn’t it be great if every time the press learned of another of the Duke’s rescues the Palace also issued a statement about the importance of water safety, how to recognize and survive in a rip tide, or the dangers of drowning? I’ve contacted the press secretary for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, respectfully requesting that they consider becoming spokespeople for water safety and drowning prevention. Will you join me in requesting that they lend their dedication to public service to this serious issue? Click here for their contact information.

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