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Family of hero who died after jumping into Thames to save stranger say search was called off too soon

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The father of a person who died saving a girl from the Thames believes rescue groups called off the search for his son too soon.

Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, recognized to mates as Jimi, died after bravely jumping within the Thames on April 24 after he noticed a girl within the water.

The 20-year-old was on his manner dwelling from work at superb eating restaurant The Cinnamon Club in Westminster round midnight when he and one other man entered the icy water to rescue the girl.

Emergency companies, together with the coastguard and police marine items, arrived on the scene and had been ready to rescue the girl and one man, however Jimi’s physique was later discovered at 6am that morning.

His father, Michael Adewola, 63, has now informed Sky News that he believes the search for his son was called off too early.

Mr Adewola says the emergency companies looked for his son for only one hour, which he thinks was “not sufficient”.

A tearful Mrs Adewole additionally informed Sky News: “I really feel unhealthy, as a result of my son was making an attempt to rescue a girl. I really feel so unhealthy… and I need folks to assist me.

“I need justice for my son.”

Mr Adewola added: “He had an excellent coronary heart and he was excellent son to me.”

He added that his son would usually assist different folks in his space.

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His father had beforehand informed The Sun: “Jimi was a really good, type younger man, he was the guts of our household.

“He was full of life, he had his life to dwell, he was formidable and he was so gifted.

“He was a valuable boy, and so respectful and pure-hearted. Sometimes I don’t know the way these boys are like this collectively, he was simply one thing else.”

Jimi was along with his buddy Bernard after they heard {that a} girl had fallen into the river beneath.

He informed Sky : “There’s a girl that is simply jumped aboard, we will hear the girl screaming ‘assist me, assist me, I’m gonna die’.

“Instantly Jimi checked out me and I mentioned, ‘alright, we will search for her’. But we could not see her, it was pitch black.”

Bernard mentioned: “Because that is how Jimi is – Jimi is pure at coronary heart.”

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He mentioned he might hear Jimi “shouting my title” as he misplaced sight of him.

“Someone ought to have been there, somebody ought to have jumped in and tried to rescue each of them,” he mentioned.

“At least rescue my buddy. And then I did not hear something, the radios had been going off, (and) I requested one of the lads that was sitting subsequent to me that was a policeman, if he is heard something. He mentioned two folks had been saved.”

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A City of London Police spokesperson mentioned: “We had been called at 12.12am on Saturday, April 24 to reviews of a girl within the River Thames shut to London Bridge.

“Two males, who had witnessed the girl fall from the bridge, entered the river to try to save her.

“The Coastguard and Metropolitan Police Marine Units had been ready to rescue the girl and one of the lads

“Sadly, following an in depth search involving police helicopters, marine items, LFB, LAS and City Police officers, the lacking man was not positioned.

“At 6am the identical morning, a physique was discovered believed to be that of the lacking man.

“His subsequent of kin have been made conscious and are being supported by officers from the City of London Police.”

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