A road accident survivor who was saved by William and his former air ambulance crewmates has been introduced to the Prince of Wales.
After receiving a letter from the accident survivor’s girlfriend stating that her husband had individually congratulated every member of the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) crew aside from him, the heir to the throne invited Jack Beeton to Windsor Castle.
Prior to 2017, William worked as an EAAA helicopter pilot for two years. When his employment came to an end, he penned a letter describing his experiences, stating that helping his crewmates save Mr. Beeton’s life gave him the “determination to keep going.”
William the future king is seen introducing himself to the crash survivor and his former EAAA crew members in a video that was uploaded to his official Twitter account.
In October 2015, Mr. Beeton was a passenger in a van being driven by his uncle when it collided with a lorry on the A10 near Cambridge, killing his uncle and leaving Mr. Beeton with severe injuries.
He says in the video: “From what I’ve been told and all the photos and whatnot I’m a very, very lucky young man.”
Commenting on the air ambulance crew, he said he was “saved by these guys”.
The prince became a pilot with the EAAA in March 2015. After completing an initial phase of job-specific training that included simulator, aircraft, and in-flight skills training, he started flying his first operational missions in July 2015 and completed his final in July 2017.
In his letter about his time with the EAAA, William wrote: “Another rescue that sticks in my mind was to a young man who was involved in a road accident.
“His uncle in the car with him sadly didn’t survive, and I was sure that from what we were faced with he wouldn’t either – but thanks to the skills of our medical team he is alive today.
“We were first on scene and in such circumstances we all had to pitch in to fight to save the young man’s life. It is days like this, when you know you have made a difference, that give you the determination to keep going.”