Published: March 1, 2012
Bravery awards for Burnham-On-Sea policemen after beach rescue

Three Burnham-On-Sea police officers who saved the life of a woman stuck in mud on Brean beach have this week received bravery awards.

PC Ryan Dinham, PC Adrian Jones and PCSO Peter Williams were awarded Royal Humane Society Awards on Wednesday (February 29th) for their rescue of a suicidal woman.

The officers quickly located the victim's car and then saw her on the beach lying in mud.

Despite the tide coming in fast and the mud being up to their thighs, the trio waded in to rescue her and then kept her warm until an ambulance arrived.

The rescue occurred in January 2011 on the beach near Berrow church.

Chief Constable Colin Port hosted Wednesday's ceremony and presented the awards with the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, Mark Heywood.

A total of 13 police officers, one PCSO and three members of the public were presented with awards.

Speaking after the ceremony, Chief Constable Colin Port said: "Every day police officers and staff put themselves at the heart of our community to help protect life and property. I regularly hear about good work from the front line and it always makes me proud. However, sometimes there are remarkable acts of bravery or investigations of particular merit which warrant extra recognition. This award ceremony is my opportunity to acknowledge some excellent work."

"I want to also pay tribute to the three members of our community who intervened to help people who were at a particularly vulnerable point in their life. They should feel immensely proud of themselves and I thank them for their actions."

Pictured: PC Ryan Dinham, PC Adrian Jones and PCSO Peter Williams and, above, with Chief Constable Colin Port at Wednesday's awards ceremony


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