Praise for officers who helped rescue man who was face down in the River Nene

Constables Andy Walker and Ash McMahon

Constables Andy Walker and Ash McMahon

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An inspector has praised officers who jumped into a river to pull a man who was face down in the water to safety.

Sector inspector for East Northamptonshire Julie Mead said she was very proud of her team’s actions after a fisherman reported that a male appeared to be attempting suicide by jumping from a bridge which crosses the A45 into the River Nene beneath.

I feel the actions of all officers involved undoubtedly saved a life

Insp Julie Mead

After getting the call, the officers parked in a layby on the A45, jumped through the undergrowth and into the water.

Insp Mead said: “It was dark at the time with no artificial light to illuminate the area for the team to locate the victim.

“Constables Andy Walker and Ash McMahon attended the scene and spotted a male, face down and unresponsive in the water.

“Special Constables Harpin and Wells illuminated the area with portable searchlights as the officers entered the lake and swam to the male who was face down and unresponsive.

“Our Special colleagues kept the control room updated as to the progress of the officers.

“Both Andy and Ash swam to the opposite side of the river where the water was deep, dark and cold.

“They pulled the man to safety and administered initial first aid.

“They worked on him and he began to respond to treatment.

“The team then ensured that he received the care and on-going treatment he required.”

The incident happened on the River Nene, just down from the Higham Ferrers roundabout near the A6 turn.

But once the man was out of the water and safe, the team dried off, changed their clothes and then carried on with their shift.

Insp Mead added: “I feel the actions of all officers involved undoubtedly saved a life.”

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