Police officer praised for sea rescue
A police officer from Southend is being praised for his
potentially life-saving actions after a boy got into into
difficulty in the sea off Southend.
Officers had been on routine patrol near Adventure Island just
before 3pm on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 when they saw a boy
struggling in the water.
Pc Martin Knights immediately stripped off his uniform, jumped into
the water and swam about 200 metres to rescue the
The 46-year-old officer brought the boy back to shore where he
was checked over by paramedics before being reunited with his
Pc Knights said: "I was on patrol with a special constable
colleague when we saw the boy waving around in the water. I quickly
stripped off, ran down the beach and into the water.
"The boy’s step-mum was really grateful when I brought him back to
shore. She hugged me afterwards. It’s nice when we, the police, are
appreciated for our work."
The mother and child had travelled to Southend for a day out
from their home in Middlesex.
Sgt Ash Holland said: "I watched the whole incident on CCTV and
have no doubt that, if it were not for the quick thinking and brave
actions of Martin, then the boy may not be alive today. The force
will look to formally recognise Martin’s actions.”