Drama all in a day’s work for top cops who dive right in to danger
LET me describe to you a most unusual, dramatic, somewhat comical and inspiring event off Bunbury’s Back Beach about noon last Friday.
I was cycling along the beach promenade when I met up with two police officers trying to work out what to do about a fully-clothed person in the water, aimlessly swimming in circles about 500m offshore. Concerned members of the public had notified the Bunbury Police.
Policeman Shaun (I don’t know his surname) and a female offsider were obviously in a quandary about what steps to take. Being a strong swimmer, I offered to swim out to see if I could help the person.
It was immediately obvious to me that both police officers were not confident swimmers and they were pleased that there was someone willing to head out there. We managed to quickly get a surf club board so I could have more control of the situation once I reached this swimmer. Shaun – realising the potential danger for myself and the possible need to negotiate with this person – agreed to join me on the long paddle out, despite his dislike for the ocean and swimming.
Despite the drama, Shaun – with loads of good humour and a genuine willingness to go right outside his comfort zone – quickly took off his gun belt and boots to accompany me out to the swimmer. Then, in what seemed like the middle of the ocean, he delicately negotiated a good outcome and we all returned safely to shore.
This experience has compelled me to write and express my appreciation of police officers like Shaun who must regularly go outside their comfort zone to make our communities safer for everyone’s benefit.
Upon exiting the water in his thoroughly soaked police uniform, Shaun commented how glad he was the media wasn’t present to capture the candid moment.