Two Merseyside police officers who rescued a man trying to take his own life in the River Mersey have received a Police Bravery Award.
Constables Ian Bradford and Ian Logan-Sherratt arrived at the River Mersey following a call from a man saying he wanted to kill himself. The wind and rain were heavy, and the river was dangerously turbulent. The officers struggled to spot the man in the darkness until they glimpsed the light of his mobile phone 100m out from the shore.
Ian called out, but the man would not respond. The Coastguard reported that they would not arrive for 15 minutes, but the man was in deep water and could have been swept away by the current at any moment, so the officers braved the icy waters and set out towards him.
When they reached the man, they found he was stuck fast in the mud. The officers had to fight with the tide, the man, the mud, and torrential wind and rain, but they were able to free him and drag him back to shore. The man was taken to hospital for treatment and support.
Peter Singleton, Chair of Merseyside Police Federation, said: “There is no doubt that the officers brave, decisive and prompt actions saved the life of this vulnerable man. They risked their lives to help him and should rightly be commended.”
The Police Bravery Awards recognise police officers who perform outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty. They are organised by the Police Federation of England and Wales and took place on 14 July 2016.