Police officers praised after wading up to their necks into freezing sea to rescue vulnerable man

Jimmy Nsubuga
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PC Dean Greenslade and PC John Curry rescued a man from the sea (Picture: South Wales Police)
PC Dean Greenslade and PC John Curry rescued a man from the sea. (South Wales Police)

Two police officers have been praised after they waded into the sea to rescue a vulnerable man.

PC Dean Greenslade and PC John Curry risked their own safety to follow the man who had run off into the water on Aberavon beach, in Wales, on Wednesday morning.

The Port Talbot officers had responded to a concern for welfare call at 8am.

When they arrived the man, who was injured and agitated, ran off.

He continued to walk into the sea until he was up to his neck in water.

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Large sandy beach at Aberavon Wales
The man ran into the sea at Aberavon beach in Wales. (Getty)

The officers then decided to wade into the sea to get him after they became concerned he would be dragged under.

South Wales Police later tweeted a picture of PC Greenslade and PC Curry moments after the rescue.

They wrote: “This morning, two of our Port Talbot officers went in to the sea on Aberavon beach to save a vulnerable man.

“Being a police officer is a job like no other, and our officers continue to go and above and beyond to keep our communities safe.

“Thankfully, the man is safe and well.”

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Storm clouds at sunset on Aberavon beach, Wales, UK
The vulnerable man is in a stable condition in hospital. (Getty)

Sergeant Gary Humphreys added: “PC Greenslade and Curry went above and beyond the call of duty this morning to save this vulnerable man.

“The outcome could have been very different if it was not for their actions.”

Facebook users were also full of praise for the officers.

One person wrote: “Brilliant well done guys where would this country be without our emergency services.”

Another person added: “Well done and thank you for keeping our community's safe.”

Police said the vulnerable man had been taken to hospital where he is in a stable condition.

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