Man dies after jumping in to River Thames to rescue woman who fell from London Bridge
- A man dived into the Thames near London Bridge at around midnight last night
- Coastguard were able to save the woman and another man who had jumped in
- Hero’s body was found at around 6am this morning after search efforts last night
A man who jumped into the River Thames to rescue a woman who fell from London Bridge has died.
The man dived into the water after seeing the woman fall at around midnight last night.
She was rescued by the Coastguard along with another man who had jumped in to help her.
But the hero’s body was not found at until 6am this morning after helicopter searches last night could not locate him.
Police boats were sent to the river for the search but they were unable to find him in the dark.
It comes as the search for another person who fell in the Thames this week — a 13-year-old schoolboy — continues.
A man who jumped into the River thames to rescue a woman who fell from London Bridge has died. Pictured: London Bridge
A City of London Police spokesperson said: ‘We were called at 12.12am on Saturday April 24 to reports of a woman in the River Thames close to London Bridge.
‘Two men, who had witnessed the woman fall from the bridge, entered the river to try and save her.
‘The Coastguard and Metropolitan Police Marine Units were able to rescue the woman and one of the men.
‘Sadly, following an extensive search involving police helicopters, marine units, LFB, LAS and City Police officers, the missing man was not located.
‘At 6am the same morning, a body was found believed to be that of the missing man.
‘His next of kin have been made aware and are being supported by officers from the City of London Police.’
Witnesses say there was at least one police boat on the Thames and around six police cars and an ambulance were sent to the scene.
The tide was high and the water was rough and choppy at the time.
Police have launched a search for a 13-year-old boy who went missing after falling into the River Thames from Tower Bridge on his way to school (emergency services at the scene)
River police, firefighters, the RNLI (pictured) and a police helicopter were also involved in the search for the youngster
Emergency services (pictured on the River Thames) including the river police, firefighters, the RNLI and a police helicopter were all involved in the search
It was the second incident of someone falling into the Thames this week, after a hero woman jumped into the River Thames to try and save a 13-year-old boy.
She heard screams when he fell from Tower Bridge on his way to school on Tuesday, according to witnesses.
The pupil was wearing his full uniform when he got off a bus as he made his way to The Ark Globe Academy in Southwark, London, at around 8am.
He and a friend had boarded the bus together but the youngster got off near Tower Bridge — ahead of his usual stop in Elephant and Castle — before falling into the river, the school’s principal said in a letter to parents.
Witnesses described hearing screams before one woman jumped into the water to try and save the boy.
Despite using a life-float to swim into the Thames, she was only able to recover his school jacket and school bag.
City of London Police confirmed officers have launched an ‘intensive search’ for the boy involving helicopter and marine searches but he has not yet been found.
The boy is thought to have celebrated his 13th birthday only last week. It is believed that a handwritten note was found at the scene.