TWO police officers who rescued a 15-year-old boy from a river have been given awards for their bravery.

The teenager, who had been reported missing, was spotted on the banks of the River Esk by Police Constables Anderson and Meikle while they were searching for him in Musselburgh.

It was revealed that the officers realised the teenager had tried to harm himself but when they approached him he ran into the water before walking downstream towards the town’s Roman Bridge.

They knew he could not swim and when he did not respond to their calls to return to the banks they went into the river after him.

Now, at the Police Scotland Bravery and Meritorious Awards, the officers have been honoured for their actions.

A police spokesperson said: “The officers knew that the youth could not swim and realised that he would soon be out of his depth. They both waded into the centre of the river, taking them up to their waists in fast-flowing cold water. PC Meikle acted as an anchor whilst PC Anderson communicated with and took physical hold of the youth.

“Both officers escorted the youth safely and calmly to the river bank.

“The youth was checked over by an ambulance at the scene and then taken to a nearby hospital for psychiatric assessment.

“It is without a doubt the officers risked their own safety and wellbeing to bring this incident to a safe and quick conclusion.”

The incident happened in July 2015.

The Meritorious Conduct Awards were presented to them at the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan, Fife.

Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said: “Police Scotland officers often find themselves in situations as part of their duty where they go above and beyond what would normally be expected.

“It is important we take the time to recognise when our officers and staff go the extra mile to keep people safe.”