Hero policeman saves drowning toddler after jumping into freezing cold water

A police officer jumped into freezing cold water to rescue a drowning toddler near his home.

Murder squad detective Glynn Powell from Edinburgh stripped down to his underwear as he ran out of his home and jumped into Leith Docks to save the life of a drowning three-year-old girl.

The 52-year-old has now risked his life in the line of duty three times, Edinburgh Live reports.

In 2018 he tackled a man who launched a terror attack on the Scottish Parliament and in another incident he stopped a man who threatened to throw his child out of a window.

Glynn told the Sunday Mail: “I’m no hero – it’s what any police officer or member of the public would have done in the same situation.”

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Glynn, who has 29 years’ police service, had just finished a shift as part of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team. He was relaxing at his dockside flat home in Leith, Edinburgh, when he heard a neighbour shouting for help.

She had spotted a girl floating underneath the water in Albert Dock, at the back of the building. The woman had thrown life belts in but the child was unable to hold on to them and had gone under.

Realising the horrific events that were unfolding, Glynn ran from his flat – taking his clothes off on the way – and lowered himself into the water, swam to the motionless toddler and carried her back to safety. He put her in the recovery position on the ground, where she soon regained consciousness after some first aid.

Glynn then carried the girl into his flat to await the arrival of paramedics. The dramatic chain of events was captured on CCTV footage from his home while the girl was taken to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, where she spent the night before being released home.

Glynn said: “I had just got home at about 4.30pm, had my usual shower and was relaxing in a chair. I heard a commotion out the back and saw a child motionless under the water 10 metres from the dockside.

“I ran from my flat out the back door, taking my clothes off as I did so until I was down to my underwear.

"There is a four or five-metre drop down to the water and I used the ladder to lower myself into the water to avoid hitting any debris which might have been lying under the surface.

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“I swam over to the girl and brought her back to the ladder. I thought she was dead at first and all I was doing was recovering a body from the water.

"However, as I climbed the ladder with the girl on my shoulder, she was suddenly sick. It was the first indication she was alive.

“By the time she was lain on the ground, she had regained consciousness. It was as if she had come back from the dead.”

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