Police officers honoured for risking their lives in cliff rescue

National award winners for Seaham police officers for rescuing a suicidal woman from the cliff top at Seaham, l-r Insp. Jason Meechan, Pc Martin Smith and Pc Phil Gardner.
National award winners for Seaham police officers for rescuing a suicidal woman from the cliff top at Seaham, l-r Insp. Jason Meechan, Pc Martin Smith and Pc Phil Gardner.
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FOUR Durham Police officers who risked their lives to save a woman they feared was about to jump from cliffs at Seaham have been honoured for their bravery.

PS Victoria Guthrie has been awarded a Royal Humane Society testimonial on parchment, while colleagues Insp Jason Meecham and PCs Philip Gardner and Martin Smith have been awarded certificates of commendation after being nominated by force bosses.

Society secretary Dick Wilkinson: “There is little doubt it was the action of these four officers that saved this woman’s life. They richly deserve the awards that they are to receive.

“It was a splendid bit of team work and ensured that the woman did not jump.”

Insp Meecham said the four were honoured to be nominated and added that PS Guthrie was particularly worthy of an award.

It was the evening of January 5 this year when police received a report of someone on the cliffs at Seaham.

A search on the ground and by the police helicopter initially came up empty but the team scrambled the force helicopter and the lady was spotted on the cliff edge.

PS Guthrie approached the woman on her hands and knees and managed to keep her talking long enough to take hold of her arm, at which point the other officers were able to help pull her to safety.

Presentation of the awards it is expected to take place in the near future.