Police and fire officers rescued two men from
the water near Pedro Castle Bluff Saturday afternoon.
About 1.20 pm Saturday police
received a report that three men – all students at St Matthews University –
jumped into the sea from the cliff close to Pedro Castle.
Police said one of the men made it
back to shore, but the other two were swept out to sea in rough conditions.
The RCIPS helicopter and Marine Unit
craft Tornado were deployed shortly after the incident was reported.
While the air and sea support was
on its way, Marine unit officer Mark Luke drove to the location with life
Mr. Luke assessed the situation and
decided to risk the choppy, dangerous seas and jump into the water with the
life vests to help the two men until police marine craft could arrive.
Constable Luke remained in the
water with the two men for around 40 minutes until his backup arrived.
Cayman Islands Fire Service crews helped keep the men safe while they awaited rescue by tossing a rope into the water, allowing the three men – including the officer – to hold onto the rope and avoid being driven into the iron shore by the waves.
All three men were taken onto the
Tornado and brought to shore and were not seriously injured. They were checked out by ambulance personnel after arriving on shore.
RCIPS Superintendent Kurt Walton
praised the actions of his officers, particularly Mr. Luke.
“This afternoon’s incident
could have ended tragically if it had not been for the actions of PC Luke and
his colleagues,” Mr. Walton said. “I take this opportunity to remind people
that if they plan to use the water they must take the weather and sea
conditions into account. They must also have all the necessary equipment and
have a means of raising the alarm if necessary.”