29 Oct 2019

A member of public has been recognised nationally for his part in saving a woman from drowning when her car became submerged in flood water. Arwel Morgan has been presented with a silver award at the National Police Chiefs’ Council Police Public Bravery Awards 2019, an event that recognises exceptional acts in exceptional circumstances. 

He attended the event with Dyfed-Powys Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Claire Parmenter to receive his award. Deputy Chief Constable Claire Parmenter said: “Mr Morgan showed immense bravery during this incident. He selflessly put his own safety to one side to save a woman from drowning. “On behalf of Dyfed-Powys Police I cannot thank Mr Morgan enough for his quick-thinking and actions that he took prior to emergency services arriving at scene.

“While we would never encourage people to place themselves in danger, it is only fitting to pay tribute to those in our communities that perform extraordinary acts of bravery.”

Arwel Morgan provided help at a road traffic collision in January 2018 that undoubtedly saved a woman’s life. Her car had veered off the road and overturned. It was completed submerged in flood water with only its wheels visible. Without hesitation, David Morgan’s son, Arwel Morgan, entered the cold flood water and managed to remove the elderly woman from the car. Mr Morgan then performed CPR on the woman on the embankment.

Mr Morgan managed to revive the female and continued administering first aid until paramedics arrived. Arwel Morgan said: “My instinct just took over. I knew I had to get in the water to see if anyone was in there. She was like a rag doll when I pulled her out of the car. I will never forget her eyes. I thought she was gone. “After she went in the ambulance I broke down. It was very emotionally tiring.

“The lady has fully recovered now. I went and knocked on her door. She didn’t recognise me or remember me so I told her ‘I’m the man who saved your life!’ We keep in touch now. I would do it all again for definite.”