An English boy who was swimming in a lake tragically drowned this week despite rescue efforts that included Prince William and his air ambulance team, as People reports.
The incident happened on Thursday at Lee Valley Regional Park in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, just north of London. Photos published in The Daily Mirror showed the rescue efforts at the scene, which included the English fire service and Prince William’s air ambulance helicopter team.
“It was reported that a 16-year-old boy had been swimming in a lake when he got into difficulties,” English police told People. “A search led by the fire service was carried out. The boy was recovered from the water but sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident and a file will be prepared for the coroner of Hertfordshire.”
Locals who witnessed the attempted rescue told The Daily Mirror about what they saw. “We knew something was up when a helicopter was flying extremely low just over the Lee Valley Park,” one eyewitness said. “We could see it was landing so ran over to see what was going on. Little did we expect to see Prince William himself flying the helicopter.”
According to People, William has been flying with the East Anglian Air Ambulance for more than two years. Soon, though, he’s giving up his spot on the team to move full-time to Kensington Palace with his family — Prince George is about to start school in London — and focus more of his time on “royal duties and engagements,” People reports.