On 30 June 2016, Sergeant Billy-Ray Slight and Constable Aaron Wilkins were tasked with arresting two men who were wanted for various offences. During the pursuit, the two offenders abandoned their car, jumping into the swollen Hutt River.
One of the men injured his leg and hurt his head, making getting out of the river near impossible. Sergeant Slight and Constable Wilkins, who were on different banks of the river, both noticed the difficulty the man was in and independently decided to jump in to help rescue the man.
Sergeant Slight and Constable Wilkins were able to calm him and help him out of the water, where he was treated by medics for his injuries. By then, the strong current had carried the group some 250 metres down the river.
If Sergeant Slight and Constable Wilkins had not come to his aid, it is most likely that the man would have been swept out into the harbour where a rescue would have been more difficult and may not have resulted in a recovery.