Essex - saved trapped man from rising tide

PC Thomas Clinton Sergeant Michael Latham

PC Thomas Clinton and Sergeant Michael Latham

Two officers who bravely saved a man’s life after he became trapped in rapidly rising waters off the coast of Essex, have been recognised with a national Police Bravery Award nomination.

The member of the public is believed to have jumped off the sea wall, injuring himself and leaving him trapped. PC Thomas Clinton and Sgt Michael Latham entered the water on an RNLI dingy as the tide quickly rose around them in strong winds.

The man threatened the officers with violence and physically pushed them away. However, after a struggle, the officers managed to get him into the dinghy and bring him back to dry land. He needed immediate medical attention, with injuries to his face and leg and was in the early stage of hyperthermia.

Without the officers putting themselves at risk to help the man, he was unlikely to have survived.