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Skegness officers praised for sea rescue

31 March 11 15:01
Lincolnshire Police

Two Lincolnshire police officers have been praised after rescuing a man who had begun to swim out to sea.

CCTV operators spotted a man hanging over railings on Grand Parade, Skegness, at about 0245 BST.

When Pc Gary Mathews and Pc Andy Beard arrived, the man was some distance into the water but they followed and despite his resistance pulled him to shore.

Senior officers said the man would almost certainly have died had the officers not intervened.

The 33-year-old, who is local, was "heavily intoxicated, extremely distressed and clearly intent on causing himself harm", said police.

Insp Terry Ball, said: "I am in no doubt that, had it not been for the professionalism and partnership working of these officers and Jim Errington in the CCTV office, then this man would have died in the water.

"I am very proud of everyone involved and will be making further recommendations in recognition of their actions".

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