A potentially tragic event turned into a miraculous story of a life saved, as a man threatening to jump from a bridge alerted rescuers to a man drowning beneath him.
The incident happened on Wednesday evening at 11pm on London Bridge as a distressed man was approached by police and the RNLI. When they arrived, they discovered a man in the water below struggling to keep his head above water as he was weighed down by heavy, wet clothing.
A crew then rescued the drowning man, who was suffering from hypothermia. Meanwhile police managed to prevent the other man from jumping off the bridge, helping him to safety.
A lifeboat crew member for RNLI, Toni Scarr, said "There were no other boats in the area at the time and I don’t think anyone was actually aware he was in the water. Chances are if it hadn’t been for the lifeboat crew launching to the original incident – he would never have been spotted and would have drowned. He was incredibly fortunate in that respect. We still don’t know how he came to be in the water but due to an unusual twist of fate we managed to avoid one more fatality on the River Thames."