A WOMAN who has repeatedly tried to drown herself has been banned from visiting her local beach, police said today.
Amy Dallamura, 42, from Aberystwyth, has an ASBO which prohibits her from entering the sea, the beach, parts of the promenade as well as walking on the towns Constitution Hill.
The order was brought by Dyfed-Powys Police not only to protect Ms Dallamura, but also the emergency services staff who have been scrambled on three separate occasions to rescue her from the sea.
During one rescue attempt in January 2003, PC Simon Tudor let go of a safety line and swam out to Ms Dallamura as she drifted 300 metres from the shore.
PC Tudor was subsequently awarded the title of bravest officer in Wales at the Police Federations courage awards.
Inspector Terry Slater, of Dyfed-Powys Police, said: We are using the ASBO in a slightly different way but, the idea is to save life, and that is one of our primary concerns. We dont want her (Ms Dallamura) harming herself and we dont want anybody else hurt trying to save her. Its a bid to protect everyone.
He added: In the case of PC Tudor, he was on a line and let go of it to rescue her so he was definitely at risk. It was only his fitness that prevented anything from going drastically wrong.
Ms Dallamura told the BBC website she is plagued by hip and back pain and was driven to desperation by her poor health.
She said: I never wanted anyone to risk their life to save me and I never wanted anyone to see me attempt to take my own life.
I have nearly died on the two or three times Ive been out in the sea. I was saved when an infra-red camera on a helicopter was used to find me in 2002.
She added: My health has deteriorated over the last nine years and Ive had major surgery four times and an unsuccessful hip replacement.
My sanity has never been the problem, but the pain has led me to make desperate decisions about my future.