A police officer suffered a ‘nasty’ eye injury when he helped save a man’s life in Cornwall last night.
This morning, Chief Superintendent Ian Drummond Smith, police commander for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, said on Twitter: “Officer at Wadebridge suffered a nasty eye injury last night whilst saving a life.
“Accidental injury and shows how emergency lifesaving can be dangerous.
“He was treated at Derriford and referral made to Kreslu [a police charity] for support.”
Ch Supt Drummond Smith told Cornwall Live the incident happened during a “call to Wadebridge at 19.17 yesterday, following a concern for welfare of a male”.
“The officer was climbing a fence to reach the despondent male but injured himself, requiring stitches to his eye lid.
“As it happens, once the despondent male saw the injured officer, he cooperated fully and was taken to hospital by ambulance.”
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police, fire and ambulance were called at 7.15pm yesterday [19 July] following concern for the welfare of a man threatening to harm himself in Wadebridge.
“Officers found the man within his vehicle in a field in the Wadebridge area a short time later.
“During the incident a male constable sustained an injury while climbing a metal gate to reach the vehicle. He sustained a cut to his eyelid and was taken to Derriford Hospital.
“The man from the vehicle was found safe.
“The injured response officer is based in East Cornwall.”