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Officer praised for Wick harbour rescue

By David G Scott

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Wick harbour was the scene of a dramatic rescue at the weekend. Picture: DGS
Wick harbour was the scene of a dramatic rescue at the weekend. Picture: DGS

A Wick police officer has been praised for saving a man's life in a dramatic incident at the town's harbour.

PC Stephen George plunged into the water and pulled the man to safety while coastguard service, lifeboat crew and paramedics also attended.

A call was received shortly before 1am on Sunday raising concern for a vulnerable person seen near the water’s edge.

Police Scotland's local area commander, Chief Inspector Jamie Wilson, praised PC Stephen George for his quick thinking in completing the rescue.

Chief Inspector Wilson said: “This was a distressing incident which called for extremely quick thinking. Local officer PC Stephen George entered the water himself to rescue the man, managing to pull him to the safety of the lifeboat in attendance.

"I dread to think what the outcome would have been had he not acted the way he did.

“I would like to thank the local coastguard, lifeboat crew and paramedics for their support during what was an extremely challenging call-out for the officers involved. I would also like to commend PC George for his actions which undoubtedly saved a man’s life.”

The man was taken to hospital for medical treatment. PC George was not injured.

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