He doesn't even know how to swim
An English police officer went above and beyond the call of duty to save a man who was at risk of drowning. He dove into freezing cold water, loaded down with all of his heavy gear without hesitation, even though he didn’t know how to swim. Both of the men are fine, and the officer is being praised as the bravest man on the force.
At 2 p.m. on Feb. 17, police in Bury, Greater Manchester received a call from concerned citizens saying that there was a man standing on the side of the Hardys Gate Bridge above the River Irwell. It appeared as though he was contemplating ending his own life.
The responding officers tried negotiating with the man to talk him out of it, but he leapt eight feet down into the freezing cold waters below despite their efforts. The jump was not fatal, and he found himself fighting to stay alive.
Mere seconds after the man jumped into the water, student officer Police Constable Mohammed Nadeem — who has been on the force for less than two years — jumped into the water after him. Constable Nadeem was able to grab hold of the man and swim over to a nearby branch where he waited to be rescued by ladder for nearly half an hour. His body cam captured the entire heroic ordeal.
“Without hesitation, PC Nadeem dived off an eight-foot drop into freezing, deep and fast-moving water. He was able to grab hold of him and drag him to safety, where he was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital to receive treatment,” Superintendent Rick Jackson of GMP’s Bury Borough stated.
The most incredible part of the rescue, though, is that Constable Nadeem does not know how to swim. “I can’t swim. I’m not a good swimmer at all and having all the extra body gear was very hard but somehow I got to him… and we got to the side and waited for help. It was very dangerous but I just had to go in… seeing this man drowning I just couldn’t wait,” he told the BBC. “I was really cold, my legs were shaking. It was absolutely freezing.”
Now, PC Nadeem is being lauded for his bravery and the selfless nature of his actions. Superintendent Jackson praised the young officer in his statement:
“As with any incident that we respond to, the safety of the public is our number one priority and sometimes that means putting them first, ahead of your own safety. I’d like to personally commend PC Nadeem’s actions which were a prime example of why people join the force – to protect people and make sure they are away from harm.”
Constable Nadeem’s heroism has earned him the nickname “The Hoff” by his fellow police officers as an homage to David Hasselhoff’s famous lifeguarding rescues in Baywatch. David Hasselhoff saw the video of Nadeem’s rescue and praised him as the “New Hoff.”
David shared the news on his social media, writing:
“The real heroes are the ones who act on instinct without hesitation, the ones who believe that we all can help each other. I want to meet the real heroes and say, Good on you. Let me shake your hand. This student police officer made the difference. So cool, so proud. Give it up for Mohammed, the new Hoff!”
The man who was saved is in stable condition and is receiving the medical care that he needs.
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