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Police speak about marina rescue

A pile of clothes at Hull Marina. Picture by Radio Humberside.
Both men rescued needed hospital treatment

Two policemen have spoken about the moment they jumped into Hull marina to try to save three men in the water.

Pc Gareth Walker and Pc Alan Cowley of Humberside Police were called to the marina after reports the men had got into difficulties.

Simon Wood, 40, of William Booth Hostel in Hull died, the other two were taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Pc Walker said: "We wouldn't class ourselves as heroes, we just did what we had been trained to do."

Life rings

He added: "We had no other option but to enter the water to help save the lives of others, there was no hesitation."

The officers undressed, put lifebelts on and then dropped into the water, which they described as "so cold it took our breath away".

Life rings were used to help get the men out of the water and they were then taken to Hull Royal Infirmary for treatment, along with the two police officers, on Tuesday evening.

Pc Cowley said: "The water is dirty, there are objects underneath and petrol on top - we can tell you that it tastes disgusting - there are also diseases in there and you cannot imagine how cold it is."

The policemen suffered cuts and bruises but were not kept in hospital.


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