A Skegness PCSO who put his own life on the line to save a man from the resort from drowning has been awarded a national honour.
Michael ‘Pete’ Cobley was first officer on the scene after police were alerted to someone falling into a dyke near Burgh Road, Skegness, on the afternoon of September 1 last year.
When PCSO Cobley – who has since retired – arrived, he was confronted with a steep bank which stretched six feet down to the water. It was slippery following heavy rain and the water was covered in algae.
However, the Wainfleet-based bobby did not hesitate. He could see the man, submerged up to his neck and unconscious, and went into the into the water after him.
Despite the conditions, PCSO Cobley dragged the man out of the water and onto the steep bank. He managed to keep him safe until fire and ambulance service arrived to help get him out. The rescued man later said he had fallen in the dyke after blacking out.
Now, Mr Cobley has been awarded a Royal Humane Society testimonial on parchment for his fight to save the man’s life.
He has also won the personal praise of Dick Wilkinson, secretary of the Royal Humane Society.
Speaking at the society’s London headquarters as he announced the award, Mr Wilkinson said: “But for the bravery and perseverance of PCSO Cobley, this incident would almost certainly have turned into a fatality.
“There can be no doubt that he saved this man from drowning. The conditions were terrible but PCSO Cobley did not hesitate to go into the water after the man, even though he must have been putting his own life at risk. He richly deserves the award he is to receive.”
No date has yet been fixed for presentation of the award which has been made following a recommendation of from Lincolnshire Police, but it is expected to be made soon.