PC earns medal af­ter drown­ing woman res­cued

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Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - NEWS - By Fer­gus McEwan

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer based in Alder­shot has been awarded the Queen’s Gal­lantry Medal for res­cu­ing a drown­ing woman.

Con­sta­ble Nathan Lucy re­ceived the hon­our for his ‘ self­less ac­tions’ while on duty in a pre­vi­ous role, when he saved the life of a woman who jumped into the sea from the Red Jet Ter­mi­nal in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Con­sta­ble Lucy, a dog han­dler, was on duty in Cowes in April 2014 when he heard that a vul­ner­a­ble woman had gone into the wa­ter.

He fol­lowed her from the shore and en­cour­aged her to swim to­wards him, but she failed to re­spond. Know­ing she was in dan­ger of drown­ing due to the cur­rent and freez­ing tem­per­a­tures, he took a life ring and jumped into the sea to res­cue her.

When he reached her, the woman strug­gled and PC Lucy was dragged un­der the sur­face. He man­aged to resur­face and get a hold of the woman, be­fore the pair were pulled to safety by peo­ple on a jetty who has seen them in trou­ble.

The woman went very still and PC Lucy had to dive to keep her head out of the wa­ter. He kept hold of her un­til they were fi­nally pulled on to the jetty, where the woman was given im­me­di­ate life­sav­ing treat­ment be­fore be­ing taken to hos­pi­tal.

PC Lucy, who re­ceived a Chief Con­sta­ble’s Com­men­da­tion for Brav­ery fol­low­ing the res­cue, was praised in his medal ci­ta­tion for ‘ dis­play­ing great ded­i­ca­tion and re­main­ing in con­trol’.

He said: “It is a great hon­our to re­ceive this award. I feel very proud to have my work recog­nised at this level.”

Hamp­shire Po­lice’s Chief Con­sta­ble Olivia Pinkney said: “I would like to con­grat­u­late PC Lucy fol­low­ing the news that he has been awarded the Queen’s Gal­lantry Medal.

“This medal is given to those who have shown ex­em­plary brav­ery. There is no doubt that PC Lucy demon­strated this when he jumped into the wa­ter, so I am very pleased his ac­tions have been hon­oured.

“Hamp­shire Con­stab­u­lary is very lucky to have such a ded­i­cated of­fi­cer serv­ing to pro­tect our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Hamp­shire Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion chair­man John Apter added: “This is one of the most pres­ti­gious hon­ours that a po­lice of­fi­cer can re­ceive.

“With­out a sec­ond thought for his own safety, and go­ing well be­yond what was ex­pected of him, PC Lucy did what was needed to save that woman’s life. He cer­tainly de­serves this medal.”

Pic­ture: JAN BRAYLEY

Con­sta­ble Nathan Lucy is based in Alder­shot.

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