Two heroic officers plucked a woman from the sea

Two police officers have been praised for their bravery after their plucked a woman to safety from the sea off Torquay. PCs Ben Ayres and Andy Cudlip saved a woman after she got into trouble around 'treacherous' rocks.

It is believed the woman had entered the water from the steep cliffside below the Kilmorie flats when the alarm was raised.

Police, lifeboat, coastguards, ambulance and the police helicopter were sent out as emergency services 'feared the worse'.

First on the scene was Andy who quickly found the woman on a rock surrounded by water.

He was soon joined by colleague Ben but when the woman got deeper into the water, and faced with an oncoming tide and crashing waves, the pair were left at chest height in the water trying to reach the struggling woman.

Ben said: "It was quite choppy and the tide was coming in so we were both at chest height with the waves crashing in. It was a bit treacherous with the rocks under foot. By this time she was right in the water getting further away. She had gone backwards and the waves had taken her and smashed her around."

Andy added: "She was 20ft away from us and had fallen over, getting bashed on the rocks."

They threw special rescue lines to the woman and on the third attempt she grabbed hold and they were able to pull her to safety.

Andy said: "The lifeboat was launched but couldn't come in due to the rocky conditions. They were there for our support and the coastguards were also on the scene but luckily we got her out of the water before any more help was needed."

(Source: Torquay Herald Express)