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Prince William had an adventurous New Year’s Day, piloting the helicopter that tried to save a man swept by a wave.
According to The BBC, Paul Morris of Blackpool was swept away by winds at sea while walking his dog with a friend. Prince William piloted the RAF Sea King helicopter that helped search for the man, lighting the area in the early morning.
Unfortunately, the rescue team was not able to locate Morris, 41, and officials called off the search. “We have covered every possible angle and it's now in the hands of the police,” the coastguard said in a statement. A Lancashire Police spokeswoman confirmed that Morris’ friend did jump in the water to try to save him, but could not.
The coastguard said that it was “highly unlikely” that Morris could have been saved because of the extreme conditions.
The rescue mission meant that Prince William and his wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, spent New Year’s Day apart. People reports that Kate was seen at a gas station on New Year’s Eve. She later spent the day at her parent’s home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, which is where the couple spent Christmas Day.
William and Kate are currently expecting their first child.