Prince William Rescues Oblivious Patient in Helicopter

The Duke of Cambridge donates his salary from the East Anglian Air Ambulance to charity

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It's not every day that a future king swoops in by helicopter to rescue you.

Arborist Jim Schembri was injured when a branch collapsed, leaving him with a dislocated shoulder and hip, NBC News reported.

Schembri's injuries were serious enough to require the assistance of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, an emergency medical service that employs the second-in-line to the British throne as a pilot.

But when Prince William came to the 37-year-old's aid, he almost didn't notice.

"It wasn't until they were actually loading me into the helicopter that it clicked," Schembi told NBC News' British partner ITV. 

The prince, whose official title is the Duke of Cambridge, donates his salary from the East Anglian Air Ambulance to charity. He started the job in July.

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