Selfless PC receives Queen's award for gallantry

PC Nathan Lucy awarded Queen's Gallantry Medal Credit: Hampshire Police

A Hampshire constable who saved a woman in Cowes has received a prestigious honour.

PC Nathan Lucy has been awarded a Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his selfless actions.

While on duty in April 2014 PC Lucy saved the life of a vulnerable woman who jumped into the water from the Red Jet Terminal in Cowes.

As she was being swept out by the current he took a life ring and jumped into the sea and started to swim towards her.

The woman resisted PC Lucy's help on several occasions, causing him to go under the water himself.

Despite this, he retained hold of her until they were finally pulled into the jetty, where she was lifted out and given immediate life-saving treatment before being taken to hospital.

“It is a great honour to receive this award. I feel very proud to have my work recognised at this level.”

– PC Nathan Lucy

“This is one of the most prestigious honours that a police officer can receive and I am immensely proud that PC Lucy has been recognised in this way. Without a second thought for his own safety and going well beyond what was expected of him, he did what was needed to save that woman’s life. He certainly deserves this medal.”

– Chairman of the Hampshire Police Federation, John Apter