A QUICK-THINKING police officer stopped a woman from jumping off Castleford footbridge almost two years after he saved her life at the same spot.
PC Sean Dawson, of Castleford neighbourhood policing team (NPT), was called to reports of a 36-year-old woman threatening to jump from the town’s £4.8m s-shaped footbridge on Saturday February 21 – but when he arrived realised he had helped the same woman at the site two years ago.
The officer spoke to the distressed resident – who was standing on the wrong side of the bridge’s railings – and pulled her back when it looked like she was going to plunge into the River Aire.
PC Dawson saved the same woman’s life at the bridge – built as part of Channel 4’s Castleford Project – after a similar incident in March 2010.
Sgt Paul Coates, of the NPT, said: “Sean’s quick actions potentially saved this lady’s life and it’s extraordinary considering he did the same thing for the same woman almost two years ago on the same bridge.
“He engaged the woman in conversation in an attempt to get her to the right side of the railings, but when this appeared to fail and she leaned towards the river, he took hold of her and managed to pull her back to the safety of the bridge.
“It’s lucky that Sean was in the right place at the right time on both occasions. He did an excellent job.”