GMP - saved man from freezing river

PC Mohammed Nadeem

PC Mohammed Nadeem

A heroic police officer who dramatically jumped into a freezing river to rescue a man has been nominated for a national Police Bravery Award.

Officers were called to a bridge over the fast flowing River Irwell, following reports of concerns for the welfare of a distressed man.

He had jumped into the water and upon seeing him in the freezing river, student officer PC Mohammed Nadeem jumped an 8ft drop into the river and swam towards him. The brave officer was still wearing his heavy protective clothing, as there had been no time to take it off.

The man tried to swim away towards a dangerous weir, but PC Nadeem caught up with him and dragged him to safety. He was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital to receive treatment.

There is no doubt this incident would have had a tragic ending if it wasn’t for the immediate and incredibly brave actions of PC Nadeem, who himself admitted to not being a strong swimmer.