Prince William rescues woman hit by police van on last air ambulance shift

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The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O'Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O'Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

Prince William rescues woman hit by police van on last air ambulance shift

The woman is now in a ‘critical condition’ in a Cambridge hospital

Prince William’s final day as an air ambulance pilot saw him rescue a woman hit by a police van that was racing to a 999 call.

The Duke of Cambridge Poses for a final photo with both day and night shift crews as he starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance based at Marshall Airport near Cambridge. (Left to right) CCP Gary spitzer, Dr Karen Rhodes, Dr Adam Chesters, Prince William, Cpt Matt Sandbach, Cpt Dave Kelly, Pilot Olly Gates, Dr Tobias Gouse and CcpCarl Smith. Picture: Heathcliff O'Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge Poses for a final photo with both day and night shift crews as he starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance based at Marshall Airport near Cambridge. (Left to right) CCP Gary spitzer, Dr Karen Rhodes, Dr Adam Chesters, Prince William, Cpt Matt Sandbach, Cpt Dave Kelly, Pilot Olly Gates, Dr Tobias Gouse and CcpCarl Smith. Picture: Heathcliff O’Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

The casualty was walking along a B-road on the edge of a large village near Hethel, Norfolk when the collision with the marked vehicle happened.

The Duke of Cambridge, who was working his last shift for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) yesterday (July 27), flew the unnamed victim to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

She is described as being in a ‘critical’ condition.

The Duke of Cambridge Poses for a final photo with the night shift crew as he starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance based at Marshall Airport near Cambridge on July 27. (left to right) Dr Adam Chesters, Prince William, Cpt Dave Kelly, Dr Tobias Gouse and CCP Carl Smith. Picture: Heathcliff O'Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge Poses for a final photo with the night shift crew as he starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance based at Marshall Airport near Cambridge on July 27. (left to right) Dr Adam Chesters, Prince William, Cpt Dave Kelly, Dr Tobias Gouse and CCP Carl Smith. Picture: Heathcliff O’Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

No-one else was injured in the collision which happened around 10.20pm on Thursday night (July 27).

Police were in the area responding to a 999 call relating to concerns for the safety of a woman who had been reported missing.

In accordance with normal procedure, Norfolk police have referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The Duke of Cambridge Poses for a final photo with the night shift crew as he starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance based at Marshall Airport near Cambridge on July 27. (Left to right) Dr Adam Chesters, Prince William, Cpt Dave Kelly, Dr Tobias Gouse and CCP Carl Smith. Picture: Heathcliff O'Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge Poses for a final photo with the night shift crew as he starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance based at Marshall Airport near Cambridge on July 27. (Left to right) Dr Adam Chesters, Prince William, Cpt Dave Kelly, Dr Tobias Gouse and CCP Carl Smith. Picture: Heathcliff O’Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

The road was closed while initial scene investigations were carried out and remained closed on Friday morning.

An EAAA spokesman said: “The EAAA crew, which last night included William, attended an incident south of Norwich which involved a road traffic collision-related injury, and a patient was treated at scene for severe head injuries then treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.”

The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O'Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O’Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O'Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O’Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O'Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O’Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge decided to give up his civilian job earlier this year to become a full-time member of the Royal Family.

Until yesterday, Prince William worked a nine-and-a-half hour shift as part of a four days on, four off rota.

The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O'Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O’Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O'Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O’Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O'Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O’Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O'Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O’Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O'Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O’Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O'Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O’Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O'Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O’Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O'Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday, July 27. Picture: Heathcliff O’Malley/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

Source: cambridge-news co uk

Tags: Prince William, William, EAAA spokesman, EAAA crew, south of Norwich, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Royal Family, four off rota, traffic collision-related injury, Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), critical condition

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