Merseyside Police’s Area Commander in Sefton has praised the actions of a constable who rescued a woman from the lake at Southport Marine Promenade yesterday (Tuesday, 14 October).

Officers were called at around 7.40pm to a report of a woman struggling in the water 100m from the Marine Way Bridge. On arrival officers noticed the woman was in distress.

PC Gary Hoey swam out into the water and brought the woman to safety, staying with her until she received medical attention.

The 24-year-old woman, who was unhurt, was subsequently detained under the Mental Health Act.

Sefton Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Peter Costello, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to commend the actions of our officer.

“He immediately recognised the distress the woman was in and bravely entered extremely cold water in darkness to swim to the woman and pull her to safety.

“It is no exaggeration to say that without his swift actions the woman could have lost her life.

“What PC Hoey did was selfless and courageous and a testimony to the service that we aim to provide every day to our communities across Merseyside, and no less than I would expect from my brilliant team.”

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