Three police officers from Falmouth and a force dog handler have been praised for their bravery after they jumped into deep water to save the life of a teenage girl.

They were called to Stithians Reservoir at around 4.30pm yesterday, after concern was raised for the welfare of the girl who was seen in the water.

A police spokesperson said officers entered the water and were able to help the girl to the shoreline.

"She was subsequently left in the care of mental health professionals," added the spokesperson.

Superintendent Adrian Leisk, local policing area commander for West Cornwall, later posted praised for the actions of the officers involved, saying: "Three officers from Falmouth and a Cornwall Dogs handler have entered deep water at Stithians Reservoir, Cornwall to save the life of a vulnerable female.

"She is now safe and receiving treatment.

"Heroes, who consistently put others before themselves."

Chief Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith, police commander for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, has also since offered his congratulations, saying: "Amazing bravery with officers entering the water last night to save a lady. Formal recognition will follow!"

Assistant Chief Constable, Chief Superintendent Glen Mayhew, said there had been three separate incidents of this nature in the last couple of days.

He said: "Police officers have bravely entered the sea to save a life - one officer was off duty enjoying a walk. Three lives saved by their actions.

"Advice is always not to put yourself at risk and call 999. Really proud of them."