Before diving into the Thames to rescue a drowned woman, the hero shouted, “I must save her.”
Folajimi “Jimi” Olubunmi-Adewole He was on his way home from work at a restaurant when he found a woman “scattering” in the water.
The 20-year-old jumped into the Thames with another man, Hoa Kingalcia, near the London Bridge around midnight on April 24, last year.
The Coast Guard and the Metropolitan Police Department’s Maritime Police Department managed to rescue the woman and Mr Garcia, but could not find Jimi.
Tragically, his body was found around 6 am the next morning near where he jumped into the water.
The cause of death was given as drowning, and no other “serious condition” was found to have hurt him.
Jimi’s friend Bernard Kosia, who was walking home with him at the time, told the inquest how the other two men warned the woman.
I called the police when I heard a woman who was about 100 meters away from the riverbank shouted, “I can’t swim, I’ll die.”
Despite a nearby witness urging him to stay on the bridge, Jimi jumped into the Thames with “courageous action.”
“Jimi said,’We have to save her, she’s not dead,'” said Kosia. “He was very obsessed with this.”
A worker at a restaurant that couldn’t swim said he saw Jimi struggling for about a minute after asking for help.
Later, when Garcia reached the affected woman, he was seen disappearing in the water.
Stefan Yiannaki, a detective sergeant at the City of London Police, said in a hearing:
“It was clear that he had a hard time the moment he hit the water.”
“It was a pure act of courage to try to help a woman and lose his life in the process,” he added.
Dr. Julian Morris, an assistant coroner, praised Jimi for his heroic behavior today when he made a coincidence verdict.
He told Inner London’s Coroners Court: “The courage to jump to help a completely stranger on the Thames at night is very amazing.
“Many of us want to do the same in such situations, but few have the courage and determination.”
Jimi’s brother Ayo wondered why the police were so slow after the alarm sounded.
He said: “If the police did their job right, I don’t think Jimi jumped in.”
However, the prosecutor decided that police action was “appropriate.”
“The search was effective and adequate, and sadly Jimi exceeded 99% detectability,” he added.
After his death, Jimi was awarded the Royal Humane Society Award by the City of London Police for his “memory and hero” for his “courage and selflessness.”
He was also Winner of the Ultimate Lifesaver Gong Winner of the award at The Sun’s Who Cares.
The hero of the Thames shouted, “We must save her!”Before he died because he tried to save the drowning woman
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