THREE police officers plunged into a river in Chichester to rescue a man who had earlier been reported missing from St Richard’s Hospital.
A passer-by called police after hearing groans and screams coming from the direction of the River Lavant, near Church Road.
Two police constables and a police community support officer responded and found the man, 33, in 12-feet of water.
He was extremely cold and resistant to help, but the officers managed to get him onto the bank before he was returned to the hospital by ambulance.
The officers involved were PC James Bunch, PC Richard Smart and PCSO Daniel Sibun. PC Bunch grazed an arm but they were otherwise unhurt.
Chichester police commander, chief inspector Justin Burtenshaw, said: “I’m very proud of the way these officers acted.
“It is likely that without the passer-by’s intervention and the officers’ subsequent efforts to rescue the man he may not have survived.”