Preston police officers up for bravery awards after saving man from River Ribble

Posted on - 29th October, 2021 - 9:25am | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, Crime, Lancashire Police, Penwortham, Preston News, Proud Preston, South Ribble News
PC Jamie Milburn and PC Christopher Bryce

Two police officers who saved a drowning man from the River Ribble at Preston during a storm are up for bravery awards.


Lancashire officers PC Jamie Milburn and PC Christopher Bryce have received bravery nominations in an awards scheme run by The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW).

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PCs Milburn and Bryce attended the Preston river to reports of a man in the water, but as Storm Ciara raged in February 2020, the weather conditions worsened.

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Milburn and Bryce discovered the male in the river with two other men, who shouted for help and tried to stay above the water.


PFEW said without a thought for their own safety, both officers entered the icy water to save him, but their task was not made easy by the man who, still seemingly intent on self-harm, fought and resisted the officers’ attempts to save him.

The officers persevered and eventually managed to get the man back to safety and out of the water. The two other males also managed to get themselves out of the water and up the embankment.

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PFEW is the staff association for police constables, sergeants and inspectors, including chief inspectors, first established in 1919.

They are one of the largest staff associations in the UK, representing more than 130,000 rank and file officers.

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