Hertford PCSO in dramatic river rescue

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Hertford PCSO in dramatic river rescue

Post by Bert Moffat » Sun May 12, 2013 1:29 pm

http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/H ... 133302.htm

Hertford PCSO in dramatic river rescue

A Hertford PCSO was involved in a dramatic rescue in the town yesterday (Wednesday, May 8th)

PCSO Andrea Gibson was out on patrol in town when she received a call to deal with a group of men drinking in Folly Island, a restricted drinking area, at around 6pm. Andrea asked the group to move on, and whilst they were doing so, one man stumbled back into the river. His friend jumped in to try to help him out but both got into difficulty and needed help.

Speaking about the incident, PCSO Andrea Gibson said: “The friend who jumped in did brilliantly but he started to struggle and they kept going under the water. He shouted ‘I can’t do it’. So I quickly took my high vis vest off, called for assistance, and then got into the river to help. I made sure I kept hold of the side, because there was the threat that I may get pulled down too. They continued to go under the water so I reached out and pulled them over, and assisted the first man by holding him up against the wall at the side of the river. I called for help and thankfully a member of the public came running over and helped me, by pulling him out of the water. The second man was also helped out.”

The man was then taken to hospital by ambulance as a precaution.

Andrea has been thanked for her actions by Chief Inspector Gerry McDonald, who said: “This is an example of the excellent work from our PCSOs who are dedicated and go beyond the call of duty, without consideration for their own safety, to help others. I’m extremely proud of Andrea for her actions.”

Andrea added: “I didn’t really give it a second thought. I just saw there was someone in danger and I did what I needed to do to help them. It wasn’t until I got out and my colleagues arrived that I realised what I’d done and I started shaking. I’m just glad that he’s OK now.”

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Re: Hertford PCSO in dramatic river rescue

Post by Arthur ASCII » Tue May 14, 2013 1:33 pm

Great stuff :slcup:

Folly Island is aptly named :slww:
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Re: Hertford PCSO in dramatic river rescue

Post by falkor » Tue May 14, 2013 10:11 pm

beyond the call of duty, without consideration for their own safety, to help others
well I don't know about the 'without consideration for their own safety' bit
I made sure I kept hold of the side, because there was the threat that I may get pulled down too.
the PCSO did a really really good job there! congratulations PCSO Andrea Gibson :slch2:

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Post by Victor » Thu May 16, 2013 8:26 am

Geart job! Well done! at lease we got some good press

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Post by PI & GI » Thu May 16, 2013 4:33 pm

Top stuff, well done Andrea :slcup:
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Re: Hertford PCSO in dramatic river rescue

Post by jim2509 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:05 am

Calm the Hysteria it was hardly 'dramatic'. What has been missed out of this story is that both these fella's were off there face in from boozing and could of walked to the side instead of splashing around like morons.

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Re: Hertford PCSO in dramatic river rescue

Post by Arthur ASCII » Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:44 am

jim2509 wrote:Calm the Hysteria it was hardly 'dramatic'. What has been missed out of this story is that both these fella's were off there face in from boozing and could of walked to the side instead of splashing around like morons.
So Andrea the PCSO is lying?
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Re: Hertford PCSO in dramatic river rescue

Post by Gualsa » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:23 pm

Typical that these stories only make it into a local Mercury. If one of them had drowned and she had not jumped into the water it would have been Daily Mail gold. :slra:

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Re: Hertford PCSO in dramatic river rescue

Post by snakeywakey » Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:08 am

Well done :-)

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Post by averagejoe90 » Tue Jun 18, 2013 6:45 pm

great stuff! well done.
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