Four officers have been praised for their heroic actions after rescuing a person who was drowning in the river near Fulham .
They helped save the man after he had fallen into the River Thames by Plantation Wharf in the early hours of Tuesday (November 15).
A passing Polla Rose vessel ship also played a vital role, throwing a life ring and rope to the man before police arrived.
The incident happened at 3.34am and saw the Met called by the Port of London Authority.
The first officers on the scene were from Hammersmith and Fulham police and were able to board the Polla Rose.
Despite throwing the rope and ladder, the tide that night was exceptionally strong and the crew were unable to drag the man to safety.
Recognising the seriousness of the situation, PC Ky Bukhari from Hammersmith and Fulham risked her own safety and climbed down the pilot ladder to hold the 40-year-old man up to stop him from drowning.
His head kept dropping face down in the water and was only kept up by PC Bukhari’s actions.
As this was unfolding, the Polla Rose was forced to reverse because it could not fight the tide any longer.
It immediately began to dangerously drift down towards Imperial Wharf. Officers from the Marine Policing Unit (MPU) then arrived to assist in the rescue.
PC Nick Bultitude drove the boat into the closing gap, meaning it was close enough for crew to perform a rescue and avoid crushing the man in the water between the MPU’s boat hull and the Polla Rose.
But the Polla Rose continued reversing, causing PC Bukhari to lose her grip on the ladder and also fall into the water.
Two of PC Bultitude’s crew members leaned over the guard rail of the police boat and reached out between the moving hulls to grab hold of PC Bukhari and pull her to safety.
At the same time, PC Bultitude left the wheel of the boat and held the man above the water between the police boat and the Polla Rose. He was then joined by his colleagues who assisted in pulling him onto the police boat where he was given first aid.
PC Bukhari and the man were taken to a central London hospital for treatment. They have since been discharged.
Inspector Chris Green, from the MPU, said: “This was a fantastic effort by all the officers involved. Their heroic actions resulted in saving a member of public’s life.
“PC Bukhari did not think twice about putting her own life in danger in order to help the man in the water. The officers from the Marine Policing Unit’s quick thinking played a vital role in not only rescuing the casualty, but their own colleague as well.
“All of the officers involved acted above and beyond the call of duty and their bravery deserves to be recognised as do the actions of the crew of the Polla Rose.
“This demonstrates what can be achieved when the Police and public work together.”
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