police to receive Royal bravery awards for mud rescue
courageous Burnham-On-Sea police officers who saved the life of
a woman in thick mud on Brean beach are to receive special bravery
awards to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, it has been
announced this week.
Ryan Dinham, PC Adrian Jones and PCSO Peter Williams will each
receive an 'Act of Bravery Award' from Avon and Somerset Police
Authority to mark the Jubilee.
three will receive the awards for their rescue of a suicidal woman
at Brean in January 2011.
spokeswoman Rebecca Hehir said: "After locating the woman's
car, PCs Jones, Dinham and PCSO Williams discovered footprints
in the wet sand and could see a body, lying on the mud in the
distance, with the tide coming in fast."
woman had fallen in the mud and was suffering exhaustion from
trying to free herself. The suction of the sand and the weight
of the woman made her rescue very difficult."
officers were up to their thighs in the mud, but they eventually
managed to get the woman safely to the dunes where they did everything
possible to keep her warm until the ambulance arrived. If they
had not managed to free her she would have been overwhelmed by
the tide and could have died."
Constable Colin Port said: "Police officers and staff can
at times face terrifying and unpredictable situations. When they
do, they show remarkable selfless courage. I am delighted the
Police Authority will formally recognise significant acts of bravery."
and Somerset Police Authority Chair Dr Peter Heffer added: "The
Police Authority wanted to acknowledge the bravery and determination
of those who work tirelessly to prevent crime and go beyond the
call of duty."
Heffer will present the Act of Bravery Awards at the next Chief
Constables Commendations ceremony in September at Police
HQ in Portishead.
three Burnham officers also received Royal Humane Society Awards
for the same rescue earlier this year.