PC dangles into canal to save elderly man

A dare-devil PC hung down a canal bank head-first to save a trapped pensioner.

PC Jenna Stabler of West Yorkshire Police, responded to a report of an elderly man in the canal at Brighouse. The man, who was in his 70s, had slipped down a muddy canal bank after losing his balance.

The conditions meant it was impossible for him to get out of the canal unassisted, and he was suffering from exhaustion and distress.

PC Stabler was lowered down the bank head-first by colleagues holding onto her ankles. She was able to attach straps to the man and pull him out of the icy water with help from colleagues.

On his recovery from the water, the officers immediately started first aid to try and raise his body temperature. This was successful and he was taken to hospital and went on to make a full recovery.

PC Stabler has since been honoured at the Calderdale District Policing Awards. Calderdale District Commander, Chief Superintendent Dickie Whitehead, said: “Every year, we hear examples of how police officers have gone above and beyond their call of duty to protect the public and I am extremely proud of their commitment, dedication and, at times, selfless actions in protecting our communities.”