Maldon: New recruits to the rescue
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Officers who were undergoing training with our Marine Unit yesterday, Tuesday 11 May, had to put their skills to the test much sooner than they had anticipated, after a member of the public got into difficulty in the water.
PCs Anna Groves and Tom Eldridge along with another officer from our Force Support Unit, were undergoing training to qualify as reserve officers for our Marine Unit.
Once qualified, each officer supports our Marine Unit two days a month and are able to be called upon in to assist the unit where required.
The three officers were practising handling one of our smaller vessels at Burnham Marina when they saw a man fall into the water as he climbed from a boat to the jetty.
The team quickly went to help the man and found that he had become tangled in a rope under the water.
Supervised by their trainer, PC Daren Chambers, the three officers put into action what they had learnt in their training about recovering people from the water, and helped the man to safety, while ensuring they didn't endanger themselves or others.
Thankfully the man was not hurt and was left in the care of his family.
Upon hearing about the rescue, Marine Unit Sergeant, Alex Southgate said:
"I'm really proud of these new members of our team.
"They remained calm and applied what they had learnt in their training scenario.
"Thanks to their swift and diligent actions the man was quickly brought to safety."
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