Friends have paid tribute to a kind and loving Good Samaritan who died after jumping into the River Thames to save a woman who fell from London Bridge.
Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, 20, has been hailed a hero after it was discovered he was one of two people who jumped into the water just after midnight on April 24 to save the woman but sadly died in the process.
Emergency services were able to pull the woman and the other man who jumped in from the river alive but were unable to locate Mr Olubunmi-Adewole.
The body of the man, known as Jimi by his friends who recognised him on social media as being the person who died in the incident, was recovered six hours later after an extended search and rescue effort on The Thames.
Police marine units and the coastguard rescued Jimi’s body from the water at about 6 am on Saturday, and it emerged later that the Nigerian born Briton was a former pupil at the Harris Academy in Peckham, South East London, according to My London.
He was also connected to the charity Malcolm’s World Foundation, which was set up by the parents of Malcolm Mide-Madaiola, a student from the same school who was murdered at the age of 17 in 2018.
At about 3 pm on Saturday, the charity appeared to verify that Jimi was the man who died in the incident, tweeting a message along with a picture.
The tweet read that it was so sad that the family had lost another hero Folajimi Olubunmi- Adewole who died saving the woman in the River Thames, and added that he was a pure-hearted person, a great helper and a caring guy.
Officials are yet to establish how or why the woman fell into the River Thames, and one person wrote on the social media site that it was really sad to learn that he died while courageously trying to save another person.
A City of London Police spokesperson said that they were called at 12.12 am on Saturday, April 24 to reports of a woman in the River Thames close to London Bridge.
Two men, who’d 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 save the woman and one of the men, but sadly, following an extended search involving police helicopters, marine units, LFB, LAS and City Police officers, the missing man was not found.
But what a brave young man because there’s no greater love than this to lay down one’s life for a total stranger, and I’m not sure many people would have done the same, myself included – his friends and family will be so proud of him, and I hope this young man who lost his life attempting to save a woman is given an honour posthumously – forget your TV celebrities – here’s a real-life HERO!