Police praise man after River Tyne rescue

19 Jul 2016 16:35 PM

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Police praise member of the public after River Tyne rescue.

Around 8:46pm on Monday, July 18, a man jumped into the river Tyne near to the Swing Bridge.

He got into difficulties into the water and a member of the public ran and dived in after him.

He swam to the unconscious man and pulled him to the side of the river and to safety.

Two off duty police officers who were in the area witnessed the rescue and helped get the man onto the walkway.

They then administered first aid to the man until paramedics came and he was taken to hospital. It is expected that he will make a full recovery.

Newcastle Superintendent Steve Ammari said: "A huge thank you must go to this brave member of the public who acted quickly and instinctively and saved this man's life.

"If it wasn't for what he did, then there is little chance that the man in the water would have survived and it's down to this man's actions that he is still alive and making a full recovery.

"I'd also like to praise the two off-duty police officers who were passing when this happened and who came to help straight away."

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