River rescue update

Inspector Shaun Kenneally from Bideford said: I am extremely pleased with the actions of my officers and the manner in which they acted, in particular PC Jeanne Hellyer. Entering the water under these circumstances can be extremely dangerous, but the fac

Inspector Shaun Kenneally from Bideford said: "I am extremely pleased with the actions of my officers and the manner in which they acted, in particular PC Jeanne Hellyer."Entering the water under these circumstances can be extremely dangerous, but the fact that she was able to get the casualty to dry land shows that she assessed the incident accurately before attempting the rescue. Not everyone would be able to do this. "Her colleague PC Graeme Teasdale was also very professional in the way he administered first aid as soon as he was able. "The two members of the public played an important role by throwing the life belt to the man and trying to encourage him to shore and we would ask them to contact us. "I would also like to thank the other emergency services that arrived on scene promptly to assist."One of the men remains in intensive care at the North Devon District Hospital."PC Hellyer's actions have given him a fighting chance and we all hope that he will pull through," said Insp Kenneally. PC Hellyer, 23, is still a probationer with the police, having been in the Force for only 19 months.She told the Gazette that she is a confident swimmer and had drawn on the lifesaving training which is given to all front line police officers in the Devon and Cornwall Force during their probationary period.


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