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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Cumbria mechanic pulls man from water

A COURAGEOUS Cumbria mechanic on his way home from a bar plunged into freezing waters to rescue a man in distress.

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HERO Dave Jeffery, who rescued a man in trouble in the sea. Mr Jeffery is pictured at the sea wall, where the incident happened LINDSEY DICKINGS REF: 50055008B001

Dave Jeffery, 32, of Atkinson Street, Haverigg, spotted what he first believed to be a seal in the waters close to a lane leading from Port Haverigg on Thursday, shortly after 10pm.

Mr Jeffery had been drinking with friends at the Ski Bar, Port Haverigg, before the incident.

He said: “I was on my way home and it was a very bright moonlit light. I was coming to the top of the lane by the small beach near the campsite and I thought I heard someone shouting for help.

“I spotted something in the water and I thought at first it was a seal, because it kept going in and out of the water, but then I made out a head and shoulders.”

Mr Jeffery said he began running down the beach and reached for his mobile phone to call for help – but was unable to get a signal.

“I just decided to run in and get him. It was quite easy pulling him out because I know the area; I go fishing there quite a lot,” he said.

“He was not hurt, just very, very cold. He was very thankful.”

Just as the Haverigg Exhaust and Tyre Centre worker reached the struggling man, in his 50s, two of Mr Jeffery’s friends arrived on the scene and called an ambulance.

The rescued man, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Evening Mail he felt “very lucky” to be alive.

He said: “I want to thank Dave for pulling me out, it is very lucky he was there.”

The man said he had been walking back from Haverigg after seeing a friend and slipped into the water.

“I must have knocked my head because I don’t really remember much. I am normally quite a strong swimmer but I just could not get my bearings and with my clothes weighing me down I was getting dragged out.”

A spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service said it was called to the scene at 10.21pm to reports of a man who had been pulled out of the water.

She said he was checked over by paramedics but not taken to hospital.

Ann Jeffery, 64, Mr Jeffery’s mum, said: “The first I knew of it was when I came downstairs in the morning and saw all his wet clothes drying on the radiator! We are so proud of him.”

Mr Jeffery said: “The man was very lucky. Not just because I was there but because it was a full moon, or I would never have spotted him.

“I had had a couple of pints like so maybe there was a bit of Dutch courage involved!”

Cousin, Louise Clarke, from Millom, said: “He did really well. We are all very proud of him.”

Have your say

Well done Dave.

Posted by cas on 24 October 2013 at 12:28

Dave, well done!

Posted by Borwick on 24 October 2013 at 09:06

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