Two Merseyside Police officers who rescued a man trying to take his own life in the River Mersey have been nominated for a Police Bravery Award.
Constables Ian Bradford and Ian Logan-Sherratt will be recognised at the 21st Police Bravery Awards on 14 July. The awards honour and recognise police officers who performed outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty, and are sponsored by Police Mutual.
In October 2014, during the freezing early hours of the morning, PC Bradford and PC Logan-Sherratt arrived at the River Mersey following a call from a man saying he wanted to kill himself. The wind and rain were heavy, and the river was dangerously turbulent.
The officers struggled to spot the man in the darkness until they glimpsed the light of his mobile phone 100m out from the shore.
The officers called out, but the man would not respond.
The coastguard reported that they would not arrive for 15 minutes, but the man was in deep water and could have been swept away by the current at any moment, so PC Bradford and PC Logan-Sherratt braved the icy waters and set out towards him.
When they reached the man, they found he was stuck fast in the mud. The officers had to fight with the tide, the man, the mud, and torrential wind and rain, but they were able to free him and drag him back to shore. The man was taken to hospital for treatment and support.
Peter Singleton, chairman of Merseyside Police Federation, said: “There is no doubt that the officers brave, decisive and prompt actions saved the life of this vulnerable man. They risked their lives to help him and should rightly be commended.”
Stephen Mann, CEO of Police Mutual, said: “This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Police Bravery Awards and the eighth consecutive year that Police Mutual has sponsored them. We are proud to continue our support for such an inspirational event in the Policing calendar and to be able to show our respect for the exceptional courage shown by Police Officers who risk their lives every day to protect the public.”