Moment hero police officer and paramedic save a woman from drowning by jumping into freezing cold canal in Nottingham
- PC Lee Lane and unnamed paramedic saved a woman’s life in rescue on Nov 21
- A video shows the pair pulling her from the freezing waters of Nottingham Canal
- They have both been put forward for award in recognition of their brave actions
A heroic police officer and paramedic jumped into a freezing cold canal in Nottingham to save an unconscious woman from drowning.
Officers were called to reports of a woman who had fallen into the Nottingham Canal near London Road, shortly after 8am on Saturday, November 21.
Bodycam footage of the dramatic rescue shows Police Constable Lee Lane and an East Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic, who wishes to remain anonymous, pulling the woman from the canal.
A heroic police officer and paramedic jumped into freezing cold water to save an unconscious woman from drowning after she fell into the Nottingham Canal near the London Road, shortly after 8am on November 21
The video shows other police officers running to the scene to help PC Lee Lane and the paramedic pull her out of the water.
PC Lane said that as he was running towards the canal, he saw the drowning woman lose consciousness.
‘I could see the woman struggling to keep her head above the murky water. As we ran closer she then became unconscious and was drowning,’ he said.
‘As I was running towards her with the paramedic I took my Taser vest and stab vest off before we both jumped in the water.
‘I was just thinking we had to get to her before she died.’
The paramedic reached the woman first, but in a joint effort, PC Lane helped lift her onto his shoulders and bring her to safety.
A dramatic bodycam video shows PC Lee Lane and an EMAS paramedic in the water as they bring her to the side of the canal where other police officers help pull her out of the water
The paramedic, who wishes to remain anonymous, reached the unconscious woman first, but in a joint effort, PC Lane helped lift her onto his shoulders and bring her to safety
PC Lane added: ‘The water was freezing cold and I didn’t realise how deep it was, with the water coming up to my shoulder.
‘The paramedic grabbed hold of her first but was struggling to pull her. I managed to put her on my shoulders and we were then able to drag her out of the water to safety.
‘She was really cold and pale. My colleagues were able to provide first aid and clear the water from her lungs as she regained consciousness.
‘We then covered her with a blanket to keep her warm until the ambulance arrived.’
The EMAS paramedic, who ran to the scene after being flagged down by a member of the public, said: ‘When I arrived I could see that the woman was already in the water and I could see that she was starting to go under.
‘Myself and the police officer realised that she would not resurface and both of us knew then that we had to jump in to rescue her.
‘Despite how cold the water would have felt, I didn’t feel it at the time because my ultimate goal was to save this woman, so the adrenaline had kicked in.’
PC Lee Lane (pictured) and the unnamed EMAS paramedic have now been put forward for a Nottinghamshire Police Award in recognition of their brave actions
The woman was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre for treatment and was later discharged.
PC Lane has served with the force for just over three years and is a response officer based at Byron House.
He and the unnamed EMAS paramedic have now been put forward for a future Nottinghamshire Police Award in recognition of their brave actions.
PC Lane’s colleagues who helped at the scene were PCs Cai Bawden, Matthew Bower, Lawrence Verney and Leah Madhani.
Inspector John Lees, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘This was an exemplary piece of work by all of the officers involved, working together to save this woman in very challenging circumstances.
‘PC Lane’s and his paramedic colleague’s quick-thinking actions undoubtedly saved her life.
Dr Leon Roberts MBE, Executive Medical Director at EMAS, (pictured) said: ‘The actions of our heroic paramedic, alongside the police, undoubtedly saved the life of the woman who found herself in difficulty in the cold waters of the canal’
‘They conducted themselves in a truly inspirational way, showing real courage and determination and working together to rescue her from the canal. They demonstrated superb teamwork under pressure and immense commitment to protect life.
‘They should all feel very proud and really deserve recognition for what they did.’
Dr Leon Roberts MBE, Executive Medical Director at EMAS, said: ‘We are immensely proud of our staff and especially when they go above and beyond to ensure that the health and wellbeing of our patients is their top priority.
‘This incident was time critical and it was in the patient’s best interest that a rapid decision was taken about effecting a rescue.
‘Our frontline crews perform dynamic risk assessments at the scene of incidents before they do anything else and our paramedic made the right call in taking off his boots and high-vis jacket to make sure he was not going to be pulled under the water himself.
‘The actions of our heroic paramedic, alongside the police, undoubtedly saved the life of the woman who found herself in difficulty in the cold waters of the canal.’