June 19 2013 Latest news:
Robin Cottle, Reporter
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Two Bexley police officers have been praised after they jumped into the River Thames at Thamesmead to rescue a woman.
PC Jason Campbell, 37, and PC Stefan Rule, 34, saw a 30-year-old woman in the water on Sunday night (July 29) at 8.20pm.
Thinking she was being swept away by the flow of the river, the officers leapt in and swam 40 metres before reaching her.
PC Campbell said: “When we arrived, we could see that the woman was clearly struggling in the water and as we swam towards her she was beginning to disappear under the surface.
“Our priority was to get to her as soon as possible and keep her afloat and calm.”
The woman was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Bexley borough commander Ch Supt Victor Olisa said: “The selfless bravery of the officers, combined with their quick actions, prevented what could easily have been a tragedy.”