Sea rescue police officers rewarded for their bravery
POLICE officers who waded into the sea at Weston-super-Mare to save a couple having difficulties have been rewarded for their bravery.
PC Darren Bond responded to an emergency call that a woman had gone into the water just after 12am on November 10 last year.
On arrival he could hear a man and a woman's voice coming from the water after contacting the coast guard he waded in 100 metres fearing the tide would come in too quickly.
PC Bond prevented the inebriated woman from getting further out into the water, until colleagues Thomas Kettleborough and Nigel Prideaux arrived at the scene and helped to drag the woman back to shore. She was taken to Weston General Hospital from where she was later released.
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PC Bond and Special Constable Kettleborough received commendations from the Royal Life Saving Society for their actions while temporary Inspector Nigel Prideaux received a Certificate of Recognition.
PC Bond said: "I guess I didn't really think about it at the time, I just knew I had to do something.
"It was no more that any other police officer would have done, I just happened to get there first."
The Royal Lifesaving Society described their actions as "exemplary as the founding ideals of the society and worthy of commendation." The awards were presented yesterday.