Police officer dives into canal to save man drifting into tunnel

Incredible moment hero police officer dives into murky canal to save man who was drifting into unlit tunnel

  • Police constable James Briggs swum to rescue a man in the Ashton Canal 
  • Police had received concern for the welfare of a man in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester
  • The man was drifting towards an unlit tunnel so Pc Briggs decided to jump in and save him 

A heroic police officer jumped into the murky waters of a canal to rescue a member of the public. 

Bodycam footage from fellow officers show police constable James Briggs swimming to the rescue in the Ashton Canal wearing his uniform. 

Police had received concern for the welfare of a man in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester. 

Officers attended and spotted the man in the water and, though they threw him a rescue rope and called out to direct him to the canal side, he did not respond. 

Police constable James Briggs dived into Ashton Canal after police received concern for the welfare of a man in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester

The man drifted further towards an unlit tunnel and out of sight. Pc Briggs decided to jump in and save his life by swimming to the rescue. 

He managed to reach the man then other officers standing at the canal side pulled them to safety using a rescue line. 

Both were then pulled from the water. 

The man was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital to further receive treatment following the incident shortly before 5pm on May 6. 

The man drifted further towards an unlit tunnel and out of sight. Pc Briggs decided to jump in and save his life by swimming to the rescue 

He managed to reach the man then other officers standing at the canal side pulled them to safety using a rescue line

Chief Superintendent Chris Allsop of Greater Manchester Police said: ‘As with any incident we respond to, the safety of the public is our number one priority and sometimes that means putting them first, ahead of your own safety.

‘Every day our officers and staff go above and beyond to protect the communities we serve and this is certainly a great act of heroism.

‘Pc Briggs put himself in danger to rescue the man and thanks to his brave and selfless actions, as well as the help of other officers, the man survived and is receiving the support he needs.

‘In this current climate, it can be even more difficult to do our jobs safely and I would like to personally commend Pc Briggs’s actions which were a prime example of why people join the force – to protect our communities and make sure they are safe from harm.’ 

Both men were pulled from the water when they reached the canal shortly before 5pm on May 6

The man was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital to further receive treatment

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