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Service honours Blackpool police officers who drowned trying to rescue man

[A] MEMORIAL service has been held to remember three police officers and a member of the public who lost their lives in the sea in Blackpool – on the 35th anniversary of their deaths.

Floral tributes were laid and a service was held to remember PC Angela Bradley, PC Gordon Alexander Connolly and PC Colin Morrison, who all died on 5 January 1983, close to Gynn Square.

The three officers had entered the water while attempting to rescue Alistair Anthony, a visitor from Scotland, who also died in the incident. They were overcome by the strong tide, waves and freezing cold water and sadly drowned.

A fourth officer, PC Pat Abram, was rescued by colleagues who were able to throw a rope around his neck, before he was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the prom.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Jacques said: “This was a tragic day for Lancashire Constabulary – one which we will never forget.

“The officers carried out the ultimate act of bravery, trying to save a man that they did not know. It was a most selfless act, which resulted in them sacrificing their lives.

“It is poignant that we remember them, and of course Alistair Anthony, 35 years on from this dark day. We are extremely proud of their brave actions and we will continue to remember them.”

The families of the victims were joined by officers and staff from Lancashire Constabulary and the other emergency services this afternoon (Friday 5 January) at Gynn Square. Members of the public were also in attendance.

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