PC Nathan Lucy at the National Police Bravery Awards!
A Hampshire Police officer who jumped into the sea to save the life of a vulnerable woman is being honoured at the Police Bravery Awards.
PC Nathan Lucy is among 64 police officers from England and Wales who will be honoured for risking death and serious harm to protect the public.
After a woman from a local mental health facility jumped into the sea at the Red Funnel ferry terminal in Southampton, PC Lucy jumped in after her.
He managed to save her life, despite the strong current and the woman pulling him under the water and trying to fight him off.
Speaking ahead of a Downing Street reception for nominees today, PC Lucy said it was a "great honour" to be nominated at this year's awards and "nice to be able to do something positive for the police service".
He added that he had also been touched to hear from the woman's family, who thanked him for saving her life.
"Typical of most police officers, Nathan underplays the significance of what he did," said John Apter, Chairman of Hampshire Police Federation.
"He saved the life of this woman and her family have passed on their best wishes to Nathan for today. I can't say how proud I am of him and of all the nominees here today."
Mr Apter added that there were police officers up and down the land performing great acts of bravery and not always recognised for their bravery.
"This is why it is so fantastic to celebrate what Nathan has done and on behalf of Hampshire Police Federation I am really proud that we have nominated him," he said.
"Whatever the outcome today, he is a winner in our eyes. He has done the ultimate thing that is expected of him as a police officer - saving the life of another - and at the same time putting himself in danger."