26/04/2017

Police officers valiant efforts to save woman from drowning praised by Chief Constable

Three police constables have been praised for their valiant efforts to save a woman from drowning off the coast of Saltburn.

Police officers valiant efforts to save woman from drowning praised by Chief Constable

PC’s Leigh Stevens, Kelly Daniel and Malcolm Philpott were called after a woman walked into the bitter cold sea in a desperate attempt to take her own life. All three officers waded deep into the water to rescue her, but were pushed back by the strong tide and conditions.

RNLI volunteers arrived and jumped from the lifeboat to save the woman – who was up to her neck in water - and the three police constables helped to take her back to shore.

The brave efforts of PC’s Stevens, Daniel and Philpott during the incident on 24th March have been praised by Chief Constable Iain Spittal.

The officers, who work on the emergency response team in Redcar, have also been nominated for an official Chief Constable’s Commendation.

Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “Our police officers run towards danger and difficult situations to help the public and keep them safe. It is in their nature to put themselves in harm’s way to save lives and this is what Leigh, Kelly and Malcolm have done in their valiant efforts to protect this vulnerable woman.

“They should be proud of how they have conducted themselves, because I know that I am proud that we have police officers of this high calibre working for Cleveland Police.”

PC Leigh Stevens said: “We do our job to save people’s lives, so for me this is just part and parcel of the job and I wouldn’t hesitate to do the same again if it meant keeping someone safe.

“We went into the water as far as we could, but the conditions meant that we kept getting pushed back. The RNLI managed to get to the lady and we all got out of the water together – helping each other.”

The vulnerable woman was taken from Saltburn after the incident and given additional help and support from specialists.