Brave cop saves drunk from Darling Harbour

A man who went for a drunken late-night dip in Sydney’s Darling Harbour could have died if it wasn’t for the quick actions of a senior constable, police say.

The 33-year-old was dragged unconscious from the water near Pyrmont Bridge just before 9pm (AEDT) on Tuesday.

Water police found him clinging to a marker buoy but he quickly lost his grip and started to sink below the surface.

Senior Constable Glenn Winter dived in and rescued the man before performing CPR aboard the police boat.

The man was later taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and has since been released.

Police said they’re unsure if the man, who was shirtless and wearing boardshorts at the time, fell or dived into the water.

“Commonsense tells me the harbour is not the place you want to go swimming at night time,” Marine Area Commander Detective Superintendent Mark Hutchings told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.

“From our experience, that would have had a tragic end.

“If it wasn’t for the actions of police, I believe he would have died.”

Supt Hutchings said police were unsure why the man was in the water but said officers did smell “intoxicating liquor” on him while administering first aid.

“From that, we can only assume he had been drinking,” he said.

Sen Const Winter said he didn’t consider himself a hero but the outcome might have been different if he had waited any longer to dive into the water.

“He was barely breathing when I got him up, so he might have been at the bottom of Cockle Bay,” he said.

“Anyone else here in the station would have done the same thing. I just happened to be that guy in that situation.”

The senior constable was praised by his colleagues, including Supt Hutchings, who described him as a “big lump of a lad”.

“What he did was brave and courageous. Diving into the water to save someone at night time takes a lot of guts.”

Swimming in Darling Harbour can attract fines of up to $2200.

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