Woman plucked from water by policeman

By David Newble

Sunday, April 13, 2014


A POLICEMAN dived into the sea in Cowes yesterday afternoon (Saturday) to rescue a woman who was seen to go into the water at the Red Jet terminal.

The rescue drama began at around 5pm when the officer spotted the woman, believed to be in her 30s, enter the water at the terminal.

He leapt into the sea and managed to cling on to her as the pair were swept along by a strong tide towards the Island Sailing Club pontoon.

From the pontoon, the pair were helped ashore by crew from the Cowes RNLI Inshore Lifeboat.

Crew member Dr Will King, together with a surgeon colleague from St Mary’s Hospital, attended to the woman who was unresponsive at the time. She was assessed, given oxygen, warmed and taken by stretcher to a waiting ambulance. 

The policeman, wrapped in blankets, was taken to the lifeboat station to recover.

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