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Officer jumps into Thames to save man and woman from drowning

The man had jumped in after noticing the woman in the water.

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AN OFFICER FROM the Marine Policing Unit jumped into the River Thames last night to help two people in the water.

A 43-year-old man had jumped in after noticing a 53-year-old woman in the river.

He was helping the woman stay afloat.

The pair were spotted close to the London Eye at around 9.15pm last night.

They were holding onto a pier support under the London Eye when the Marine Policing Unit responded to a call from London Ambulance Service.

The marine boat wasn’t able to get close enough to the pair so a male officer from the boat jumped in and swam towards them.

The officer managed to pull the woman back to the boat before swimming back to rescue the man.

The Marine Policing Unit then docked at the London Eye Pier and the woman was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service.

She remains in a stable condition in hospital.

The 43-year-old man was uninjured and he was thanked by the officers for his bravery.

Sergeant Yvonne Saunderson from the Marine Policing Unit said, “The quick actions of not only our officers, but also the man who went in to help the woman, ensured that no one was seriously injured.

His bravery should be commended, but we would advice that members of the public call police rather than jump into the Thames.

“No one should swim in the Thames no matter what the circumstances.”

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