A PSNI officer who risked his own life to save a woman from drowning in the River Lagan is to be recommended for official recognition by South Belfast DPP members.

The police man took the plunge into freezing waters last month after being alerted to a woman in distress in the water, close to Queen’s Bridge.

With the help of a life ring he managed to stay afloat while holding the woman for several minutes until a Fire and Rescue Service boat was deployed and hauled them from the water, whereupon the woman was taken to hospital.

The rescue took place close to where a young North Belfast man fell into the water and drowned several weeks ago.

The move to highlight the rescue mission by the officer who went “above and beyond” to save the woman’s life was raised by South Belfast man John Collins.

He told members at the meeting: “We can be quick to criticise police, but the DPP should put forward their thoughts and thanks to this officer. He really should be rewarded for his bravery.

“He went above and beyond the call of duty in saving this young woman’s life.”

Councillor Christopher Stalford agreed on the plan, and said official correspondence would take place with the PSNI on the dramatic incident.

“I’m very happy with the suggestion and recommend we send a letter recommending this officer be recognised for their bravery,” he said.