Police save man from drowning

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HEROIC policemen from Gainsborough have rescued a man from drowning the River Trent.

The two officers have been praised for ‘undoubtedly saving a man’s life,’ with the help of two Gainsborough residents

Police were called to a stretch of the River Trent off Ropery Road in Gainsborough at around 1am on Sunday 6th February after reports that a man was in the river and may be drowning in the fast flowing current.

Sergeant Jason Wright and Police Constable Paul Sandall were on the scene within minutes, before throwing the 25-year-old Gainsborough man a rope baton.

They hauled him 200 ft in to the bank, the man was unable to get out of the water so Sgt Wright climbed over the wall and got into the river.

Sgt Wright held him to prevent him from drifting and kept his head above the water until emergency services arrived to winch him to safety.

Ch Supt Lee Freeman hailed the bravery and life-saving intuition of the officers and said that they were a credit to the force.

“The actions of these two officers undoubtedly saved this man’s life and they should be commended for their professionalism and dedication,” he said.

“Their quick thinking, determination and endurance in extremely challenging circumstances ensured that the man survived.”

He added: “Two members of the public were also on the scene and provided assistance.”

“It is important their efforts are recognised too.”

A police spokesman said that the man had somehow fallen into the river, but could not explain the circumstances further.

Lincolnshire Police are currently investigating the incident.