Prince William delivered a royal rescue to a holidaymaker who broke her leg while walking in Anglesey.
The search-and-rescue team based at RAF Valley on Anglesey has made its nine-thousandth rescue.
Search and rescue helicopters at RAF Valley on Anglesey could be grounded if proposed industrial action goes ahead.
An reunion's been held at RAF Valley on Anglesey between a hill walker and the crew of a rescue helicopter who saved his life.
Peter Mincher from Wolverhampton fell whilst walking in Snowdonia and sustained serious injuries in May this year.
RAF Valley's duty SAR crew was sent to reach Peter and members of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue team.
But thick cloud meant winchman Sgt Pete Wood (right) had to leave the aircraft and guide pilot Flt Lt Rob Jones (left) up the mountain, avoiding rocks as the helicopter hover-taxied.
Mr Mincher was loaded on board and process reversed to fly him to hospital.
Mr Mincher's dog Sooty bolted during the rescue and, after surviving on pools of rainwater, was found 10 days later by members of the Ogwen Valley MRT.
A 14-year-old artist from Mold has 'blown away' RAF Valley Search and Rescue crews by presenting them with an oil painting of a Sea King helicopter.
Emily Speakman's painting 'Brenin Y Mor' - The Sea King - depicts a C Flight 22 Squadron helicopter flying over the sea near Holyhead.
RAF Sergeant Martin Seward said: “Emily’s painting is of such a high quality that I was completely blown away. It’s hard to believe it was painted by a 14-year-old.”
After presenting the painting to the force, Emily and her family were taken inside the duty SAR Sea King - the same helicopter depicted in the painting.
The teenager, who has been painting for just over two years, said she is 'fascinated' with the Sea King.
Of her artistic ability, Emily said: "I used to watch a TV programme on art and asked my mother for an oil-painting set and that was the start of it.”
Her painting will now hang on the wall of the force headquarters.
A man had to be airlifted from the turret of one of Wales' landmarks today - after injuring his knee.
The 41-year-old man stumbled on a step while visiting Conwy Castle.
Despite receiving treatment from a paramedic, the spiral staircase in the turret meant he could not be taken back down so had to be airlifted by a search and rescue helicopter.
A helicopter was sent from RAF Valley in Anglesey and he was winched via stretcher and taken to Bangor Hospital.
A woman was winched to safety after falling on to rocks in Colwyn Bay yesterday afternoon. Holyhead Coastguard says they received a call from the ambulance service at around 4pm to say a woman had fallen 15 feet on to rocks and was complaining of neck and back pain.
The ambulance crew were unable to reach her and so a Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley was called to assist. The woman was winched from the rocks and then taken to hospital by ambulance.
RAF Valley crews also airlifted a 50-year-old man from the Halfway House on Snowdon last night after he fell and broke his ankle.
The television series that documents Prince William's time with the Search and Rescue operations coincides with the news that the service is to be taken away from the RAF and privatised - a move that the prince is believed to have opposed.
ITV News' Royal Editor Tim Ewart reports:
Prince William is to feature in a BBC documentary about the Search and Rescue service, where he has served as a Sea King pilot.
You can watch a preview of the documentary below:
BBC One Wales have released a short preview video for Helicopter Rescue, the documentary featuring Prince William and the Search and Rescue team at the prince's base at RAF Valley on Anglesey.
The Duke of Cambridge is shown piloting a helicopter on a rescue mission to a slate quarry in Blaenau Ffestiniog.
One of his crew are winched from the ground after rescuing a boy who had fallen off an old railway bridge onto rocks.
"As captain you're trying to play out the entire rescue, the transit to the rescue and back again in your mind, and pick up any circumstances or problems you can foresee, and try and fix them on the ground before you get airborne," he says in the programme.
Ieuan Wyn Jones, Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for Ynys Môn says that selling off the search and rescue service to a private contractor is "a step into the unknown."
Speaking following the announcement which will see the service move from Anglesey to Caernarfon.
– Ieuan Wyn Jones AM, Plaid Cymru
The current search and rescue service operated by the RAF at Valley has been an excellent service for 70 years. It has saved hundreds of lives by rescuing people not only from the mountains of Wales but also those who have found themselves in difficulties around our coastline. This is a much valued service based at RAF Valley.
After winning the contract to take over search and rescue helicopter cover from the RAF, Bristow Helicopters have released details of the new fleet that will be deployed in April 2015.
There will be two helicopters at both its Welsh bases -Caernarfon Airport and the MOD site at St Athan near Barry.
Caernarfon's Sikorsky helicopters will cover an area of 250 nautical miles around the base and each carry three stretchers and up to 10 seated casualties. Augusta Westlands will cover 200 nautical miles around St Athan and each have room for two stretchers and six seated casualties.
All the helicopters will have a crew of four and be capable of flying at 145 nautical miles an hour.
The Department for Transport has signed a contract with Bristow Helicopters Ltd to provide search and rescue helicopter services in the UK.
The deal will see two helicopters based at Caernarfon Airport, and a new base will be set up at St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan.
– Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin
Our search and rescue helicopter service plays a crucial role, saving lives and providing assistance to people in distress on both land and on sea. With 24 years of experience providing search and rescue helicopter services in the UK, the public can have great confidence in Bristow and their ability to deliver a first class service with state of the art helicopters.