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Search for hero who died trying to save woman in Thames fall ‘ended too soon’

The grief-stricken family of a man who died after going into the Thames to save a woman claimed search teams gave up too quickly.

Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, known as Jimi, dived into the river in a bid to rescue a woman in the early hours of Saturday morning near London Bridge.

Jimi, 20, was coming home from work when he and a friend jumped into the water after telling police about the incident.

But tragically he died in the river, with rescuers finding his body six hours later, while his friend and the woman were both saved.

Michael Adewola, 63, and mum Olasunkanmi Adewole, 54, said they were heartbroken by their son’s death and were proud of him for trying to save the woman’s life.

Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, known as Jimi

In an interview with Sky News the parents said they now want ‘justice’ for their son.

Mrs Adewole said: “I feel bad, because my son was trying to rescue a woman. I feel so bad.. and I want people to help me. I want justice for my son.”

After paying tribute his dad said the hour-long search for Jimi in the water was “not enough”.

City of London Police said officers arrived quickly and that the search was stood down after an hour.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency reportedly said its search was suspended before Jimi was found.

Matt Leat, HM Coastguard’s Strategic Maritime Commander, said: “Conditions were good for a search on the night, with a slow moving tide and a high volume of units from emergency services in attendance. It was determined where in the water the person could possibly be and each area was thoroughly searched multiple times.

“Despite our best efforts, the sad decision was made to suspend the search at 1.20am when no sign of the person was found.”

A fundraiser launched in the wake of his death has so far raised more than £40,000, and can be accessed here.



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