WMP cop leapt into canal to save woman – then went back on patrol
A West Midlands Police officer jumped into a freezing cold canal to rescue a woman who’d leapt from a bridge – but was soon back on patrol after changing into his spare uniform!
The response cop was called to Bentley Bridge leisure complex in Wednesfield just before 7.30am this morning (30 Nov) following reports of a woman having fallen 15 feet from a canal bridge.
Police colleagues urged the woman to swim towards the tow path but, seeing her struggling to stay afloat, the 39-year-old threw off his jacket and jumped into the cut.
Moments later the officer – who has worked with West Midlands Police for 12 years – pulled the woman to safety before she was taken away for an assessment.
The brave bobbie headed home for a shower and to grab his spare uniform – and was back on duty just three hours later to continue his shift.
He said: “The canal is pretty deep and wide at the point she’d entered the water…certainly too deep to stand. The woman wasn’t responding to our commands to swim to the side and, with her clothes heavy with water, I could see she was being dragged under.
“I knew someone had to act soon so I jumped in to get her. Cold would be an understatement – it was absolutely freezing – but thankfully I was only in there for a matter of seconds. I wouldn’t have fancied spending any longer in there.
“It was our first call for service of the day – an interesting way to start my shift – and I was back on patrol by about 11am having had a shower. I’m pretty sure I still smell of pond water though!”
West Midlands Police Force Incident Manager, Chief Inspector Dave Keen, praised the officer for his heroics.
He added: “There’s always the danger of getting into difficulty yourself or going into shock when jumping into very cold water. But the officer has bravely acted on instinct, realising the woman was in trouble and in fearing she could drown.
“As a police officer on a response unit you never know what you’re going to encounter when you start your shift. They are the front line, reacting to 999 calls for service to help people in immediate need and to combat crime.
“This is a fantastic piece of work from the officer…he may well have saved a life this morning.”