Hero PCs who rescued driver from freezing lake back on the beat
21 February 2013
Heroic officers back on the beat:
Two police constables from Barnet who saved the life of a driver after her car plunged into a freezing cold lake are back on the beat following the dramatic rescue yesterday (Thursday 21 February).
Police were called at 08:05 to reports of a car being driven into the lake with the female driver apparently unconscious at the wheel.
Shortly afterwards PC Ryan Perry, 38 with 11 years service and PC Marc Cash, 26 with five years service, arrived at the scene to find anxious members of the public around the edge of the lake looking at a car.
Within seconds of their arrival the car began to sink. With half the car submerged under murky water they could just about see the waterline was up to the ladies chest. Fearing that they did not have much time the two officers entered into the lake.
As they went into the water a member of the public and a fellow colleague handed PC Cash and PC Perry a claw hammer and a glass hammer which had been in their police vehicle.
The officers were able to reach the submerged vehicle and PC Ryan tried to use the claw hammer to break the car window but it would not break.
PC Cash then used the glass hammer to break the window and eventually it gave way. PC Perry then used the claw hammer to clear the broken glass from the door window.
The officers reached into the vehicle and pulled the lady out of the car and swam back to the jetty supporting the women. By this point both officers were extremely cold, exhausted and anxious for the welfare of the driver.
As more colleagues arrived at the jetty they were able to help pull the driver and both officers out of the water.
PC Marc Cash, “When we arrived at the scene we could tell straight away that we did not have much time, the car was beginning to sink and the driver was un-responsive to our shouts.
“When we jumped into the lake, the cold water just took your breath away and I felt it hard to make my next breath. We tried to stand, but we started to sink into the mud at the bottom of the lake and eventually the water came up to our chin, so we had to swim throughout the entire rescue”.
PC Ryan Perry Said, “Prior to jumping into the lake we looked around for any rescue equipment but there was none. We realised this was a serious situation and that we had to act fast, so we took off our heavy equipment and went into the lake.
After several attempts to break the window it final gave way and we were able to pull the woman from the car.
We’re both glad that this ended without anyone being too seriously hurt.”
All three were given emergency treatment as a result of the cold they had endured. Members of the public also assisted the police by carefully wrapping the driver who at the time was slipping in and out of consciousness in blankets.
Both officers were taken to Watford General hospital and given tetanus injections and treated for minor cuts to their hands that were caused by them breaking the car window. The lady was treated for minor cuts and hypothermia.
The rescued driver is conscious and stable in hospital, both officers are fit and well and have returned for normal duty today