British-Nigerian dies trying to save woman in River Thame

A 20 year-old British-Nigerian Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, has died, while trying to save a woman who jumped into River Thames in London.

Folajimi jumped into the river as well, but died. The tragedy occurred on Saturday.

Multiple reports and posts on social media have hailed him a hero.

Emergency services were able to pull the woman and the other man who jumped in from the river alive, but were unable to find Mr Olubunmi-Adewole, until six hours after.

Police marine units and the coastguard recovered Jimi’s body from the water at around 6 a.m on Saturday.

The Mail Online said the Nigerian-born Briton was a former pupil at the Harris Academy in Peckham, South East London.

He was also connected to the charity Malcolm’s World Foundation, which was set up by the parents of Malcolm Mide-Madaiola, a pupil from the same school who was murdered at the age of 17 in 2018.

At around 3 p.m. on Saturday, the charity appeared to confirm that Jimi was the man who died in the incident, tweeting a message along with a picture.

‘Sad this family just lost another hero Folajimi Olubunmi- Adewole who died saving the woman […] in River Thames yesterday,’ the tweet read.

‘Pure-hearted soul. Great helper. Loving boy. RIP #JimiTheHero,’ it added.

Officials are yet to confirm how or why the woman fell into the River Thames.

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