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Police officer's bravery award for river rescue

PC Marc Woods said he was 'overwhelmed to be a winner' Credit: Police Federation of England and Wales

A police officer from Dyfed-Powys has won an award after saving a young boy from the River Wye.

PC Marc Woods was on patrol on July, 26 last year when a member of the public reported hearing screams for help.

He found a 10 year old boy clinging to a rock in the middle, his father was spotted further down. They had been washed away in the river close to the Sweet Lamb Rally Complex in Llanidloes, just off the A44.

PC Woods swam out to the boy with a rescue line before taking him to the far bank before Fire and Rescue officers arrived to save his father. The pair were crossing the river to go camping, the boy fell in followed by the Dad who was trying to rescue him, they were swept away by the current.

The officer was rewarded for his bravery by the President of the Police Superintendents Association of England and Wales.

I’m a bit overwhelmed to be a winner.

I wasn’t expecting this at all and feel very humbled. This evening is definitely a big deal for the police force.

As officers we deal with a lot of unpleasant situations and to be celebrated for the job we do feels very special.

– PC Marc Woods

The Chair of the Dyfed-Powys Police Federation praised PC Woods' courage.

Without doubt, the swift actions of PC Woods saved the life of the child and this has been recognised by those involved and those present.

He took a great risk in swimming across the river and showed tremendous courage in his actions, without fear for his own safety.

– Mark Bleasdale, Chair, Dyfed Powys Police Federation

The Police Bravery Awards honour police officers across England and Wales for their actions to tackle criminals and keep the public safe. This year marks the 22nd Police Bravery Awards.