Police Officer Mohammed Nadeem admitted he can barely swim but it did not stop him from diving into the freezing waters of River Irwell after a man fell into the water.
The cop shared that he has no other thoughts except he “just had to go in” to save the man from drowning. The water was about 8 feet deep and the police officer who confessed he can’t swim spent 25 minutes in the river after diving in.
“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,” Police officer Nadeem said. “It was very dangerous, but I just had to go in… seeing this man drowning I just couldn’t wait.”
The fire service eventually came to assist them to safety and later to the hospital for needed medicalassistance.
The cop’s heroic rescue was captured by his body camera.
“I was really cold; my legs were shaking. I couldn’t really talk much because we were in the water for about 25 minutes,” Nadeem said. “It was absolutely freezing.”
Supt. Rick Jackson of the Greater Manchester Police office was proud of how Police Officer Nadeem had shown courage and dedication.
“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,” Supt. Jackson said. “Without hesitation, PC Nadeem dived off an eight-foot drop into freezing, deep and fast-moving water. The man is now safe and receiving the treatment he needs.”
The superintendent also said that Nadeem is an inspiration: “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.”