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South Shields cops who saved woman from drowning win top bravery awards UK News

Two policemen who risked their lives to save a drowning woman have been awarded for their courage.

The terrifying incident happened in South Shields on the morning of October 14 when a woman called emergency services and the operator realized it sounded like she was at sea.

A CCTV operator located the woman in the water off South Shields Beach.

PCs Andrew Curtis and Alex Rackstraw were the first on the scene.

But when they arrived, the woman was up to her breasts in the water and was carried away further to shore.

Realizing that she was in danger of drowning, the two officers immediately walked over to the woman and managed to reach her and return her in trouble to the safety of shore.

After being taken to safety, the woman was taken to hospital.

And now PCs Curtis and Rackstraw of Northumbria Police have received testimony from the Royal Humane Society on Parchment for putting their lives in danger and saving the woman from being swept away by rough seas.

PTs Alexandra Rackstraw and PT Andrew Curtis, with Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt
PTs Alexandra Rackstraw and PT Andrew Curtis, with Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt

In congratulating them personally for their action, Andrew Chapman, secretary of the Royal Humane Society, said: “The sea was in a dangerous state. It was cold and extremely harsh and the two officers could easily have been carried out of their depths and possibly drowned.

“However, they didn’t hesitate to go after the woman and, despite her difficulties, managed to get her back to safety. And I guess they took it all in their stride.

“After the incident, they were cold and soaked but returned to the police station, put on dry clothes, had a cup of tea and then went to another incident. They have done a wonderful job and are well deserving of the rewards they are to receive. “

The roots of the Royal Humane Society go back over two centuries. The Queen is its patroness and its president is Princess Alexandra. It is the leading national body to honor bravery in saving human lives.

It was founded in 1774 by two of the eminent physicians of the day, William Hawes and Thomas Cogan. Their main motive was to promote resuscitation techniques.

However, as it turned out that many people were willing to put their lives on the line to save others, the reward system evolved.

The Society also rewards non-healthcare professionals who perform successful resuscitation. Since its inception, the Society, which is a registered charity, has reviewed over 87,000 cases and awarded over 200,000 awards.