Hero cop­per saves drunk in ‘swim to Ire­land’ bid

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A BRAVE woman po­lice of­fi­cer stopped a drunk rev­eller try­ing to swim 150 miles to Ire­land.

PC Kather­ine Thomas man­aged to catch the boozed-up bather as he plunged in to cross the Ir­ish Sea, div­ing into the har­bour her­self to stop him.

PC Thomas, 29, swam 200 yards of the Swansea shore and man­aged to stop the man get­ting out into open wa­ters.

She said: “I knew what I had to do, I didn’t think about my own safety, I just knew I had to make ev­ery ef­fort to save the life of this per­son.

“The swim was a chal­lenge due to the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture, tidal con­di­tions and the fact this per­son could not be rea­soned with.

“He was to­tally un­co­op­er­a­tive due to his in­tox­i­cated state.”

The un­named drinker had been out with pals when he de­cided he wanted to try and swim to Ire­land.

When fi­nally hauled back to shore by a lifeboat he al­legedly be­came ag­gres­sive and was nicked on sus­pi­cion of be­ing drunk and dis­or­derly.

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