National bravery award for quarry rescue constable
A POLICE officer who risked his own life to try to save a teenager from a flooded Carmarthenshire quarry has won a national bravery award.
Dyfed-Powys Police constable Alun Morgan was one of the first officers to arrive at the Cilrychen Quarry near Llandybie in June last year after the alarm had been raised.
After cutting his way through the perimeter fence the former lifeguard ran to the edge of the lake and dived into the water, swimming down to a depth of 15ft to rescue 14-year-old Luke Somerfield.
The Llandeilo teenager - who had been playing at the quarry with friends - was brought to the surface and rushed to hospital but later died.
An inquest into his death heard that he became tangled in rope from a lifesaving ring and drowned. A finding of accidental death was returned.
For his actions on that day PC Morgan was awarded the Police Federation Welsh bravery prize at a ceremony in London.
The constable said he was proud to have won the award.
He said: "You don't think about the dangers when you go in, adrenaline kicks in and you just do it. It's only afterwards you start to think about things.
"I just wanted to get to the boy as quickly as I could and get him out.
"It was very tragic and it's bitter sweet to win this award. Sadly the little boy died but we did our best for him as a team."
Steve Williams, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, congratulated PC Morgan.
He said: "In very traumatic circumstances, knowing the risks involved and despite instructions not to, PC Morgan plunged into treacherous quarry waters.
"He risked his own life, determined to save another. PC Morgan's bravery, endurance and dedication to duty cannot be underestimated."