Police praised after River Wear rescue

On a fine sunny day, Sgt Allan Chance, Insp Ken Pullan and Chief Constable Mike Barton pictured on Prebends Bridge in Durham. It was a different scene a few days earlier when someone jumped of the bridge into the river at night in total darkness and Sgt Chance went into the river to rescue the drowning man.
On a fine sunny day, Sgt Allan Chance, Insp Ken Pullan and Chief Constable Mike Barton pictured on Prebends Bridge in Durham. It was a different scene a few days earlier when someone jumped of the bridge into the river at night in total darkness and Sgt Chance went into the river to rescue the drowning man.
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BEAT bobbies have been praised after they rescued a man who leapt into the River Wear.

The alarm was raised by the 19-year-old’s aunt who called 999 after he said he had received bad news and threatened to harm himself.

She believed he was heading for one of the bridges in Durham and police were sent out to look for him.

Within minutes, PCs Nicola Quarmby and Paul Williams found the man standing on Prebends Bridge where he jumped into the water.

A search operation was launched and a few minutes later the teenager was spotted in the river before disappearing.

After removing his stab vest and equipment belt Sgt Allan Chance went into the Wear and managed to get him.

With the help of PCs Robson, Kavanagh and Armstrong he dragged him to the riverbank and the four officers were able to pull him to safety.

He was taken to University Hospital of North Durham for treatment.

Chief Constable Mike Barton said: “This was outstanding police work in difficult conditions and with time at a premium.

“If the officers had not been able to find and rescue the victim as quickly as they did, this incident could well have had a tragic outcome.”