Two Met police officers have been praised after pulling a man from a pond on Wandsworth Common.

PC Amy Bale and her colleague PC Red Haddouch, were called to Wandsworth Common to an unresponsive man in the pond on Thursday, July 16.

When they arrived on scene, the man was floating in the middle of the pond and failed to respond to their calls. While waiting for emergency services they intervened.

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“He was gradually starting to go under, and I was very worried that if that happened, we wouldn’t be able to find him again,” said PC Bale.

“Luckily, the water wasn’t deep, and we managed to just wade across to him and pull him out onto the side where we put him in the recovery position.

“In a situation like that, where you know someone’s life looks to be in danger, it’s human instinct more than anything. You just do what you have to do.”

Sergeant James O’Connor praised their actions, he said:

“PC Bale and PC Haddouch had just minutes to make a decision on the best course of action and their speed and bravery meant the incident had a positive outcome.

“This is a great example of our officers selflessly putting the public first and while they have played it down as just another day at work, I am exceptionally proud of them and their actions.”