“Help me, I can’t swim”: this young man of 20 died saving a woman from drowning, “a real hero”

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When Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole heard cries of distress, he didn’t hesitate for a second. The 20-year-old was on his way home from working at a restaurant in central London when he started crossing London Bridge around midnight. It was then that he heard a young woman calling for help from the Thames, reports the Daily Mail. He rushed into the water after undressing to rescue her. According to the first elements of the investigation, witnesses would have tried to dissuade him from jumping, because of the danger he was running, in vain.

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Found five hours later

“Help me, I can’t swim,” the woman shouts. With the help of another man, Joaquin Garcia, he attempted to swim 40 meters to retrieve the panicked woman, but Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole then got into trouble. The woman and Joaquin Garcia could be saved, but not Folajimi… Her body was finally found five hours later.

The young man of Nigerian descent has been hailed as a hero for his daring rescue effort. His parents said they were proud of their son for trying to save another person’s life. “Jimi was a very kind and lovable young man, he was the heart of our family,” his dad told The Sun. “He was full of life, he had his whole life to live, he was ambitious and he was so good. He was a precious boy, so respectful and a pure heart. His father also said his son should be rewarded for his bravery.

The young hero has received many tributes on social networks including that of Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London. “A real hero. Jimi’s courageous and selfless actions are to be congratulated and I am proud to support the recognition his family is asking for. “

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