Timmy Mallett saved a woman from drowning in a daring rescue in the early hours of December 30th 2001.

Timmy's wife Lynda was awoken by screams from the woman, Geraldine Holland, who had fallen into the freezing cold Hartlepool Marina after midnight. Whilst Lynda phoned 999, Timmy threw on his usual jumble of odd clothes and raced to find her, leaping over a locked gate and, in darkness, dropped 10ft to the floating pontoon. Timmy found the woman in the water holding on to a boat’s mooring rope. She was feezing but Timmy managed to pull her out and kept her warm by putting his coat around her whilst trying to keep her conscious.

Paramedics arrived 15 minutes later and took her to Hartlepool General Hospital. Inspector Stuart Reed, of Cleveland Police, said: "Timmy saved her. He was very brave."

Timmy says "She came out suffering from shock and hypothermia. The scary thing is that another few minutes in the water and it might have a been a different story."

Timmy was staying at Hartlepool while he appeared in panto in nearby Billingham.

the scene of the rescue at Hartlepool Marina

The scene of the rescue at Hartlepool Marina.

This cartoon appeared in the Hartlepool Mail.

Ant and Dec's comedy writer Dean Wilkinson gave his comment on the story...

"A woman falls in the marina. 'Help me' she cries. Someone pulls her out - It's Timmy! - 'Throw me back' says the woman!

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a week later Timmy & Lynda found Geraldine's frozen jacket in the water

a week later Timmy & Lynda found Geraldine's frozen jacket in the water