Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit Dundee Rep. Theatre on October 23, 2015 in Dundee, Scotland.
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March 30, 2016 9:40 AM EDT

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

But when Prince William came to Jim Schembri’s aid, he almost didn’t notice.

The 37-year-old arborist was injured when a branch collapsed, leaving him with a dislocated shoulder and hip.

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.

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

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