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Officers commended for saving 19-year-old neck deep in marsh

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 November 2013

Borough Commander Peter Ayling, PC Peter Munden and Bexley Mayor Cllr Sharon Massey

Borough Commander Peter Ayling, PC Peter Munden and Bexley Mayor Cllr Sharon Massey

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Three Bexley police officers have been commended after saving the life of a woman stuck neck-deep in a marsh.

Borough Commander Peter Ayling, PC Phillip Bell and Bexley Mayor Cllr Sharon MasseyBorough Commander Peter Ayling, PC Phillip Bell and Bexley Mayor Cllr Sharon Massey

PCs Peter Munden, Philip Bell and Paul Moore were commended for their tenacity, determination and teamwork by Bexley’s Borough Commander Peter Ayling, for saving the life of a 19-year-old after she wandered 40 into the marshland in Crayford whilst drunk and started sinking.

On May 13 at 3.10am police received a call from the woman’s disressed boyfriend saying she was trapped up to her knees in deep mud in marshland off Thames Road in Crayford and was still sinking.

Ten minutes later officers arrived at the scene, climbed a 5ft fence and made their way by torchlight to the distressed woman.

PC Munden threw a rope to the woman who had now sunk up to her neck, but she was unable to hold on.

Working in pitch darkness with only torch lights to assist, the officers, who had themselves sunk up to their knees in the marshland, managed to finally get the rope around the woman and under her arms, pulling her out of the mud.

The officers carried her back across the marshland and over the fence to a waiting ambulance, where she was taken to the Darenth Valley Hospital suffering from shock and hypothermia.

Chief Inspector Ian Broadbridge from Bexley police said: “Were it not for the quick thinking and decisive actions of these officers, in what were very difficult and dangerous conditions, this incident could have had truly tragic consequences. The officers are to be commended for their tenacity, determination and teamwork, which resulted in them saving the young woman’s life”.

The officers have subsequently been nominated for a Royal Humane Society Award.

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