Hero police officers save woman from drowning in River Ouse

The River Ouse. Photograph: YorkMix
5 Jun 2017 @ 8.34 pm
| News

Two police officers saved a woman from drowning in the river in the early hours of today (Monday).

The prompt actions of the officers rescued the woman from the River Ouse in York.

A member of the public called the police with concerns about a woman in a distressed state by the river on King’s Staith, just after 1am on Monday (June 5).

Two officers from North Yorkshire Police’s Firearms Support Unit were nearby as the call came in. They were at the scene inside nine minutes.

As they arrived, the woman had entered the water and was fully submerged.

‘A credit to the force’

One of the officers sprinted to a nearby jetty, and was able to lie on his front and grab the woman by her fingertips. She was then dragged to safety by the officer and his colleague.

She was taken by ambulance to York Hospital to receive the care she needs.

Superintendent Adam Thomson, Neighbourhood Policing Commander for York and Selby, hailed the heroic actions of the officers.

He said:

Faced with difficult circumstances, the two officers acted swiftly and decisively.

Without their prompt action, this situation could have turned out much worse. They are a credit to North Yorkshire Police.