HEROES: Police and passer-by praised for brave rescue

The rescue happened on the north side of Bridlington harbour on Saturday evening.
The rescue happened on the north side of Bridlington harbour on Saturday evening.

A daring police rescue saved the life of a woman who had jumped into the sea in Bridlington.

The four officers were joined by a member of the public to drag the 40-year-old woman from the water on Saturday evening.

PCSOs Adrian Clark and Kerry Jones were first to the scene and saw the woman near the steps below Garrison Square.

She resisted their efforts to help her, but the kept hold of her until colleagues PC Hayley Hart and PC Charlotte Brown arrived to join the rescue attempts, despite the threat of being swept out to sea.

Richard Welby, who was walking past, then ran to assist and the casualty was brought ashore and taken to hospital for treatment.

Chief Supt Christine Wilson said: “The bravery show by everyone in this incident was outstanding and undoubtedly without their intervention the woman involved could have died.

“Mr Welby, who was out with his partner, showed incredible courage in the support of the police and we are incredibly grateful for his assistance. We intend to seek official recognition for his bravery.

“I would also like to take the moment to highlight the commitment and dedication of all our people. At the start of their shift they never know what they will face, whether it is responding to low level community concerns, serious crime or responding to an emergency where a life is in danger.

“As a senior manager, I am proud every day of the people who work for Humberside Police and their amazing commitment.

“Even after this incident, those involved shrugged off their heroics as being just part of the job.

“I hope this case and others like it remind the public of the fantastic people we have working across Humberside protecting communities, catching offenders and making a difference.”

The woman was unhurt and has since received support from mental health professionals.