'Prince William tried his best to save my drowning son': Mom praises royal's efforts to save her teenage son who drowned last year
Sarah Lea lost her son last May when he accidentally drowned while out with a group of friends. Prince William and team attempted to rescue him in an air ambulance but failed
Sarah Lea, who recently lost her 16-year-old son to an accidental drowning has found solace in none other than Prince William. The prince was part of the air ambulance team that tried to save young Robbie when he accidentally drowned while swimming with his friends.
Metro reports that Sarah was unaware of the royal's involvement in attempting to save her son until one of her friends informed her. The friend said, "A prince tried to save your prince." Once she found out, Lea did not stop praising the Prince for his bravado. William recently spoke about how his time as an air ambulance pilot affected his mental health because of the gruesome accidents he witnessed involving children.
Lea thanked Prince William by saying, “I can’t thank Prince William enough. For what he did to try to save my son on that terrible day and for now speaking out on mental health issues. It shows our future king is human. It was a brave thing to do."
While she has praised Prince William, she's not too happy with the system. Ever since her son died, neither she nor her other child Mason have been offered any kind of psychological help. “I have really been let down by the system. There has been very little support at all. I am still in therapy with bereavement and psychiatric counseling but my father-in-law has had to pay for it privately," she said. She added, "And I’ve struggled to get the right support for Mason. But I certainly haven’t been let down by Prince William.”
Robbie was out with his friends Kieran Cook and Jayden Baldwin when he drowned last year. The friends were all down at the river where he was last seen struggling in the water. Rescuers found Robbie an hour after the search began he was pronounced dead at the scene in Hertfordshire, reports Daily Mail. Sarah said Robbie had swimming lessons when he was younger, but that he 'was not a strong swimmer'.
Prince William discussed his time as an air ambulance pilot with the media. He spoke about how lucky he was to have worked for the RAF and the East Anglian Air Ambulance, because of their good mental health working practices.
He also discussed the mental toll it took on him, "I worked several times on very traumatic jobs involving children, and after I had my own children I think the relation between the job and the personal life was what really took me over the edge, and I started feeling things that I have never felt before, and I got very sad and very down about this particular family." The Duke of Cambridge became a full-time pilot with the RAF Search and Rescue Force in early 2009. His service with the British Armed Forces ended in 2013 due to his royal role.