Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man minister's praise for Pc rescues

Pc David Schumacher
Image caption Pc David Schumacher rescued two people from the water in less than 12 months

Two Isle of Man police officers have been praised by a government minister for carrying out life-saving rescues.

Pc David Schumacher saved two people from drowning in the past 12 months.

He dived in water near the Solway Harvester in Douglas to rescue a woman, on 3 October. He also rescued a man off Douglas beach in September 2009.

In March, Pc Adam Hawkes rescued an unconscious man in the sea off Douglas Promenade. The man, who had been in a critical condition, survived.

Home Affairs minister Adrian Earnshaw said Pc Schumacher's actions on 3 October were "truly heroic".

He stopped the woman drowning until the coastguard could reach her. He suffered hypothermia, for which he need hospital treatment, but returned to work to finish his shift.

'Proud and honoured'

He also returned to work immediately after saving the young man last September, at about 0300 BST.

Pc Hawkes also suffered hypothermia after his rescue.

Mr Earnshaw added: "The officers say they are only doing their duty but the Isle of Man can be proud and honoured to be so well served by the constabulary.

"For every hero in the spotlight, there are many more who assist or who are ready to take action should the need arise.

"The Isle of Man is very fortunate to have police officers prepared to rise to the challenge when required, and they do.

"I want to take this opportunity of thanking them publicly and recognising their consistent outstanding bravery."

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