The quick actions of three officers have saved the life of a 45-year-old woman who was distressed and in danger in the sea at Hartlepool.
The officers, from the Operational Support Unit, were called to a report of concern for the welfare of a woman at the Marina in Seaton Carew at around 7pm on Tuesday 9th February.
The report was vague and officers had to begin a search of the area to trace the woman’s whereabouts in darkness.
Sergeant Paul Johnson deployed officers on foot near to Hartlepool Yacht Club and himself and PC David Ridgway began to search the Seaton Carew area, when they received a call from PC John Dixon to say he had located the woman.
The three officers made their way to the scene and spotted the woman inside South Pier at the beach.
Officers used search lights to guide them to the woman and by this point she was up to her neck in the water.
The woman could not swim and the officers needed to act quickly to bring her to safety.
Sergeant Johnson located a nearby lifebuoy with attached safety rope and put this over PC Ridgeway who began to wade through the water towards the woman whilst Sergeant Johnson anchored him with the rope.
PC Dixon also entered the water to ensure that PC Ridgeway had a secure line back to shore.
PC Ridgeway managed to reach the woman who was suffering from shock, and all three of the officers, who were now waist deep in water, had to work together to bring her out of the sea and to carry her to the police van where it was dry and warm.
The woman appeared to be suffering mild hypothermia and was taken to hospital in an ambulance.
Sergeant Paul Johnson said: “It’s not every day you have to rescue a woman from the sea, but it is part of our job to protect members of the public and we did everything we could to ensure we got the lady to safety. We are all pleased that the outcome of the incident was positive and that the woman is safe and well.”
Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Simon Nickless said: “This is an example of how our officers are willing to put their own lives at risk to save the life of others. Policing is a difficult job but what makes me really proud of our officers is that they are willing to go above and beyond in difficult situations.
“Each of the officers worked extremely quickly in difficult circumstances and managed to trace the woman’s location with minimal information on her whereabouts.
“They worked as a team to save her life and worked quickly and professionally to ensure that they brought the woman back onshore to safety. I’m extremely proud of their efforts and it’s important that they get the recognition they deserve.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “It never ceases to amaze me the absolute professionalism and dedication of the people we have working for us at Cleveland Police.
“I’m regularly reminded of the outstanding bravery and specialist skills of our officers and on behalf of the public I would like to thank the officers involved for saving this woman’s life.”
Hero Cops save girls life of girl who wanted to kill herself
Two fast-thinking police officers have helped saved the life of a girl who text her mate saying she wanted to end her life. Officers were quickly alerted and began searching for the girl.
The officers were alerted to the incident in the early hours of November 14, when Police Constables Daryl Jones and Mark Bullock, from Southend’s Local Policing Team, were patrolling Southend.
With the clock against them, the officers began searching the area and found a girl who matched the description. She had walked four miles from her home alone after sneaking out in the middle of the night and was on her way to Southend town centre to harm herself. The pair pulled over and approached the girl cautiously.
Upon seeing the officers, the girl broke down and became upset. Daryl and Mark reassured her that they were there to help her. After calmly engaging with the girl, the officers managed to negotiate with her to get in the police car so they could get her out of the cold and talk to her.
She spoke openly with Daryl and Mark about the difficulties she had been experiencing and how she had text her friend in the hope that the friend would get help for her.
She thanked the officers for finding her so quickly and the pair reassured her that they would get her the further help she needed.
Daryl waited with her whilst Mark made a difficult call to her parents to inform them of the situation and that their daughter had not come to any harm. Her dad thanked the officers for finding his daughter so quickly and ensuring her safety.
The girl was taken to a mental health suite for assessment and her parents thanked the officers again for finding their daughter so quickly and getting her the help she needed.
Daryl said: “I’ve never seen more of a genuine reaction for help from someone than when the young girl broke down when she saw myself and Mark and knew we were there to help her.”
Mark said: “We were just fortunate that we were in the right place at the right time and were able to locate her and help her, I have no doubt if we hadn’t of found her it would have been a different outcome.”
Stabbed police dog Finn inspires charity Christmas card and Police Hour are proud to have helped
A Police Dog who was stabbed while chasing a suspected thief has come together with Police Hour to inspire a Charity Christmas Card.
Not just any Christmas Card these cards have been specially designed and drawn by a very brave nine-year-old boy with cancer named Alex Goodwin.
German Shepherd Finn was stabbed on 5th October in Stevenage, His Handler PC Dave Wardell was also injured.
Alex was as devastated when he read that Finn and PC Wardell has been attacked. Alex began drawing pictures of Finn so the idea of a Christmas card was created and they sold out within one day.
Police officer’s son Alex is undergoing chemotherapy for Ewing Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer that affects fewer than 30 children in the UK each year. He faces further “complex” surgery at Christmas.
There is now a change the law regarding attacks on police dogs and horses. Please make sure your sign it.
Tram driver arrested: Several dead following croydon derailment.
Several people have sadly been killed after a tram derailed in Croydon, leaving five people trapped and more than fifty people injured.
Police were alerted to the incident involing a two-car vehicle that happened at around 6.10am near the Sandilands tram stop.
The British Transport Police confirmed they have arrested the tram driver, Robin Smith assistant chief constable of British Transport Police said: “It is too early for us to confirm numbers but we are working hard to assess the ongoing incident and we are continuing to focus on recovery efforts.”
Emergency services have freed five trapped people, two remain trapped within the tram.
50 people have been taken to hospital for treatment. 31 were taken to Croydon health service’s emergency department while St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south-west London, is treating another 20 people, four of who it described as “seriously injured”.
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