Nottinghamshire, England - At about 12.45pm, on Tuesday 2 July, the captain of a pleasure cruiser at the marina had reported seeing the body and was almost certain the woman was dead. A life ring was thrown out to her but when she didn't respond officers feared the worst. PC Mat Mitchell had already waded into the water to try and recover the body when a small boat went past.
He said: "I shouted to the bloke in the boat and he pulled me on board to get nearer to the body. Her head was slightly submerged and she really did look dead. Then, in one of the most bizarre experiences of my career, she opened her eyes. She had the most piercing blue eyes – it was so bizarre. I stripped off and jumped in the water, she was about 20 metres away, and swam her back to the bank..."
The woman, in her 70s, was conscious and breathing and taken to Queen's Medical Centre.
The woman is expected to be discharged from hospital soon.
"I have spoken to her husband since the incident and she's doing well," PC Mitchell said.