A DRUNKEN sailor had to be rescued by a military policewoman after falling into water at Portsmouth Naval Base, The News can reveal.
The rating, who had been on a night out, was found motionless in the water at No 2 Basin at the base after the alarm was raised by a taxi driver who dropped him off.
In an act described as ‘pure heroism’, the military policewoman, who has not been named by naval base officials, entered the cold and dark water before swimming out to the man.
She pulled him back to the edge of the basin and hauled him out.
She and colleagues performed treatment at the scene.
Paramedics then arrived and took the casualty to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth, where he has since made a full recovery.
The alarm had been raised after the driver dropped the sailor off at the base on the evening of Thursday, December 13.
The driver was concerned at the sailor’s drunken state and spoke to Ministry of Defence police officers on his way out of the base.
That sparked a search for a man which ended in the rescue.
Details of the incident have only just come to light.
A source told The News ‘The taxi driver appeared concerned for the naval rating’s safety.
‘Paramedics were at first not very hopeful of a happy outcome.
‘To everyone’s satisfaction the rating survived. It was an act of pure heroism.’
It is thought the sailor was released from hospital after a couple of days.
It is not known if the sailor was based on a ship near the basin.
A spokesman for Portsmouth Naval Base said an investigation was under way into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The spokesman said: ‘An incident in the base on the evening of December 13 is currently being investigated.
‘Therefore it would be inappropriate to comment.’