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Family of man who died jumping into Thames to rescue woman pay tribute to their ‘hero’

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The household of a 20-year-old who died after jumping in to the River Thames to rescue a woman have paid tribute to their “hero”.

Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole was reportedly on his approach house when he entered the water at round midnight on Saturday after recognizing a woman fall from London Bridge.

A GoFundMe fundraiser to help his household is closing in on £50,000, double the £25,000 goal, with greater than 3,000 folks donating in direction of the funeral prices and help for the household.

His father Michael Adewola, 63, instructed The Sun newspaper that his son, referred to as Jimi, deserved a “medal” for the “bravery” he confirmed by diving into the river with a pal to attempt to save the woman.

“He is a really distinctive and angelic soul, and I’m proud him, so proud, and I need the world to know he’s the deepest and most great man,” Mr Adewola mentioned.

He added: “He is a hero, and all the time will probably be, I am unable to carry him again however I need him to be remembered perpetually for what he did, it was identical to him to need to all the time attempt to assist others.”

Jimi was with a pal, Bernard, once they heard a woman had fallen into the Thames.

Bernard instructed Sky News: “There’s a woman that is simply jumped aboard, we are able to hear the woman screaming ‘assist me, assist me, I’m gonna die’.

“Instantly Jimi checked out me and I mentioned, ‘all proper, we are able to search for her’. But we could not see her, it was pitch black.”

City of London Police beforehand mentioned two males had entered the water after witnessing the woman fall from the bridge.

The coastguard and the Metropolitan Police’s marine unit rescued the woman and one of the lads, however couldn’t find the opposite regardless of an in depth search.

A physique, believed to be that of the lacking man, was discovered at 6am, police mentioned, along with his subsequent of kin made conscious.

City of London Police mentioned on Sunday that formal identification was but to happen.

Jimi’s mom, 54-year-old Olasunkanmi Adewole, instructed Sky News: “I really feel dangerous, as a result of my son was attempting to rescue a woman.

“I really feel so dangerous … and I need folks to assist me.

“I need justice for my son.”

Commenting on experiences of Mr Olubunmi-Adewole’s dying, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted that he “was the most effective of us”.

Mr Khan added: “A real hero of our metropolis who gave his life attempting to save one other.

“My ideas and prayers are along with his household and mates right now of tragic loss.”