Police praise ‘immense bravery’ of officer who entered the water on river rescue mission

Emergency services at the scene on Thursday. Photograph: York Specials on Twitter
19 Jun 2020 @ 10.43 am
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Police today hailed the bravery of an off-duty officer who entered the River Ouse to save a man from drowning.

As we reported yesterday, the man was seen falling from Clifton Bridge on Water End Road into the river.

Firefighters carry out the rescue. Photograph: Station Manager Bob Hoskins on Twitter

The off-duty policeman, in the area at the time of the incident, entered the water to assist the man before the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service boat attended and rescued him.

He was then assessed by paramedics and taken to hospital for treatment.

The off-duty police constable, who is based in York, did not require any treatment following the incident.

Inspector Rebecca Dyer, said: “My thoughts are with the family of the man that was taken to hospital and I hope he makes a speedy recovery.

“I am very proud of the officer who acted selflessly with immense bravery and courage whilst off duty to save a member of the public.

“He put himself in danger to help a vulnerable individual and acted in the best traditions of the police service.”