Police in Castle Douglas have been praised for their bravery during an incident yesterday, Tuesday, 10 December, 2019.
Two officers responded to reports of two vehicles that had become submerged in flood water around 3.40pm at the Waterside, New Galloway.
Upon arriving at the scene, the officers were assisted by two members of the public (one a retired police officer) to rescue, a 36-year-old woman and her 23-month-old baby who were trapped by the rising water following the bursting of the adjoining rivers banks. A 73-year-old man also trapped in a second vehicle and was rescued by two different members of the public. Other emergency services attended and assisted in the recovery of the vehicles and rendered medical assistance to those saved.
Chief Inspector Bryan Lee said: “I cannot praise the two officers and the members of the public involved in these rescues enough.
“Their actions, which were nothing short of heroic, saved the lives of three people. Without their bravery this incident could have had a very different outcome.
“I have already personally thanked the officers involved but want to also publically thank the selfless actions of those men who stopped to help.
“Thankfully incidents like this are rare, however, it is extremely encouraging to know that members of our community came together, and were prepared to put themselves at risk to save those in need.”