SIX police officers from Rotherham have received specialist water rescue training after joining forces with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue to help save lives across the borough.
New water champions Sgts Sarah Roberts and Ray Bell and PCs Brad Hunt, Jack Deakin, Nathan Winder and Liam Woodward completed the two-day water rescue first responder course in Llangollen, Wales.
The course put the officers' resilience and fitness to the test to provide them with skills they can use if they are first on scene at a water related emergency, such as drowning and swimmers in difficulty.
Insp Alan McFarlane said: “The preservation of life is the most important duty the police have. The Rotherham district contains a number of bodies of open water, including Manvers Lake, where there have sadly been a number of drownings over the years.
"Having a number of officers trained in basic water rescue means they can now share this water awareness knowledge with other officers in the force."
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