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​Brave Policeman’s Bodycam Captures Moment He Saved Drowning Man

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​Brave Policeman’s Bodycam Captures Moment He Saved Drowning Man

The moment a brave policeman dove into a river to save a drowning man was captured on film, after being recorded by his body camera.

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As you can see from the incredible footage, the special officer jumped into the River Irwell in Bury to pull a man to safety, after Greater Manchester Police were called to Hardys Gate Bridge on Saturday following concerned reports regarding the welfare of a man.

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Student officer PC Mohammed Nadeem dove into the river and swam towards him, before he was able to grab hold of the man and drag him to safety, clinging on to a nearby branch.

The man was then treated by paramedics, and then taken to hospital.

PC Nadeem said he 'just had to go in', the BBC reports, after he spotted the man drowning.

He also explained that he spent about 25 minutes in the water after diving in - given the UK's freezing winter temperatures at the moment, that doesn't sound like a particularly easy (or tempting) feat.

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PC Nadeem also said that he can't even really swim, but that he didn't think about how cold or deep the water was when he saw the man in distress.

He said: "I can't swim. I'm not a good swimmer at all and having all the extra body gear was very hard but somehow I got to him... and we got to the side and waited for help.

"It was very dangerous but I just had to go in... seeing this man drowning I just couldn't wait."

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Credit: Greater Manchester Police
Credit: Greater Manchester Police

He also added: "I was really cold, my legs were shaking. I couldn't really talk much because we were in the water for about 25 minutes.

"It was absolutely freezing."

His actions have been commended by Greater Manchester Police, with Superintendent Rick Jackson, of GMP's Bury Borough saying: "As with any incident that 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.

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"Without hesitation, PC Nadeem dived off an eight-foot drop into freezing, deep and fast moving water. The man is now safe and receiving the treatment he needs."

Jackson added: "I'd like to personally commend PC Nadeem's actions which were a prime example of why people join the force - to protect people and make sure they are away from harm.

"He's also gained the nickname 'The Hoff' by his colleagues so I'm sure he won't be forgetting this anytime soon."

What a guy.

Featured Image Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Topics: UK News, News, greater manchester police

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