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Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole: The family of the ‘hero’ who died trying to save a woman in the autumn of the Thames say their search ended too soon | UK News

The family of a man who died after diving into the Thames to rescue a woman who fell from London Bridge said he had “a very good heart” – and accused search teams of giving up too quickly.

Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, known as Jimi, was coming home from work when he saw the woman fall. He and another man entered the water around midnight on Saturday in an attempt to save it.

The woman and the other man were rescued by the Coast Guard and the Metropolitan Police Maritime Unit – but Jimi was not found after a thorough search.

Police said a body, believed to be that of the 20-year-old, was discovered at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole dove into the Thames in an attempt to save a woman who fell from London Bridge
Jimi dived into the Thames in an attempt to save a woman who fell from London Bridge

Jimi’s parents, Michael Adewola, 63, and his mother Olasunkanmi Adewole, 54, are heartbroken and are asking for “justice” for their son.

Speaking through tears, Ms Adewole told Sky News: “I feel bad, because my son was trying to save a woman. I feel so bad … and I want people to help me. I want to justice be done for my son. “

His father said Jimi was a “very nice guy, a good boy”, while people on social media hailed him as a “selfless hero”, “a great Samaritan” and “a very brave young man” .

Commenting on reports of Mr Olubunmi-Adewole’s death, London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted that he “was the best of us”.

Mr Adewola said: “He had a very good heart and he was a very good son to me.” He added that his son often helps other people in his area.

Mr Adewola said the hour-long search of Jimi in the water was “not enough”.

He said an agent knocked on the door of the family home at 1 a.m. on Saturday to inform them of the incident.

Jimi was 20 years old
The 20-year-old was coming home from work when he tried to help the woman

Jimi was with his friend Bernard when they heard that a woman …

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This notice was published: 2021-04-25 14:16:00