A Paphos police officer is being praised for his quick thinking and selfless actions which saved a British woman from drowning yesterday.
The incident happened when the woman, for reasons unknown, got in to difficulties in the sea in the Municipal Baths area of Kato Paphos and shouted to onlookers for help. According to eyewitnesses, the woman who was battered and bleeding after hitting rocks was struggling to keep her head out of the water. Whilst people were watching "no one was able to react," said one eyewitness speaking to the Cypriot news network PafosPress.
Once the police officer, who was located nearby, was informed he immediately reacted by running to the scene and plunged fully clothed into the sea to rescue the stranded woman.
Lifeguards in the area rushed to the spot and helped get the woman out of the water and provide First Aid. The woman was transferred shortly after by ambulance to the Emergency Department of the Paphos General Hospital for further examination.
Fortunately, after treatment her condition is good thanks to the timely intervention of the policeman who, without exaggeration, saved her life.
It was noted that at the time there was a red flag flying meaning that swimmers should avoid getting into the water.
Chairman of the Paphos Swimmers Association, Mattheos Ierokipiotis, speaking to PafosPress congratulated both the police officer and the lifeguards for their immediate reaction. In addition he again called on people to be very careful and to obey the directions of the lifeguards and the safety regulations of the area.
Additional Reporting: PafosPress