Bristol Doorman honoured with bravery award after rescuing woman from water

A heroic Thekla doorman has been honoured with a bravery award after rescuing a woman from the water near the venue.

Grayson Underhill won the Bravery and Meritorious Conduct Award at the National Pubwatch Awards after an incident in November 2018, when a woman jumped into the water having left the venue.

After trying to urge her to swim to safety, Grayson jumped into the freezing Floating Harbour and swam after her, as there were serious concerns she was at risk of drowning.

The head doorman, aged in his 50s, recalled the moment he was forced to jump in.

“A member of the public alerted me that a woman had jumped into the water from the quayside, near the front of Thekla,” he said.

“She appeared to be struggling and wasn’t cooperating when I asked her to get out, so I knew my only option was to jump in to try and rescue her.

“The water was really cold and initially took my breath away, but after a brief struggle I managed to get the woman to safety and to the ambulance which had just arrived.

“I haven’t heard from her since the incident but I’m just glad I was able to help and get her to safety.”

Grayson, who was nominated by staff at the DHP-owned venue located in The Grove, is one of the first people in the UK to be awarded the Bravery and Meritorious Conduct Award.

The new medal is in recognition of people whose actions have either saved a life or minimised physical harm in the night-time economy.

It is open to people who work in the pub and hospitality trade, as well as members of the public or those serving in the emergency services.

“I feel honoured and proud to receive this award. I’m very grateful for the DHP Family and Thekla for putting me forward and I’m thankful my effort was appreciated,” he added.

Thekla works with the Royal Life Saving Society on its national Don’t Drink and Drown campaign, which warns drinkers to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influence of alcohol.

It has also introduced specially-trained Drinkaware crew members to support young people who might be vulnerable as a result of drinking too much to ensure they are able to enjoy the night and get home safely.

Thekla general manager Alex Black said: “All of our venue managers and the core security team are trained in water safety management but none of us are lifeguards.

“When this incident unfolded, Grayson put aside his own personal wellbeing in order to ensure the safety of one of our customers.

“This is a rare incident for us and one we don’t hope to encounter again in the future but on this night Grayson went above and beyond the call of duty and it is truly commendable.”

Source – Bristol Post

 

 

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