Three police officers braved the sea in Skegness to save a woman’s life after asylum seekers staying in a nearby hotel alerted staff. The officers were up to their chests in cold water on the night of April 28, 2023 when they saved the woman from drowning near the Grand Parade.
Police were alerted to the woman absconding from hospital. She was traced in the sea near Grand Parade after three asylum seekers notified staff that the woman was in the sea.
Officers PS Simon Watson, PCs Christopher Hine, Jack Craft and David Sharpe went to the beach and located the woman 50 metres from shore with a drone. PS Watson and PC Hine then waded out into the sea and were instructed by PC Sharpe using his drone on where to locate the woman.
PS Watson, PC Hine and PC Craft pulled the woman to safety on dry land and she was then rushed to hospital where she was treated for hypothermia. Andrew Chapman, secretary of the Royal Humane Society, said: “It’s only thanks to the splendid teamwork of the police and the alert from the asylum seekers that a woman had been seen in the sea that the woman was saved.
“The police did a magnificent job in daunting conditions. The sea was bitterly cold and it was dark so even finding the woman in the sea was a problem.
“But thanks to the drone she was spotted. But going into the sea in those conditions as the three officers who are to receive awards did, carried with it serious risks for them. Nevertheless, their only thought was to save the woman and they succeeded. They are true heroes and richly deserve the awards they are to receive.”
PS Watson and PC Hine have been awarded Royal Humane Society Testimonials on Parchment and PC Craft has been awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the Society. The Royal Humane Society was founded in 1774 and is the national body for honouring bravery in the saving of human life.