Tributes have been shared for a ‘pure-hearted’ hero who died after jumping into the River Thames to rescue a woman who fell from London Bridge.
Friends are paying tribute at the loss of a 20-year-old man, who died after heroically diving into the Thames to save a woman from drowning at London Bridge.
On social media and on a gofund me page set up, friends have talked of the shock and sent their condolences to Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole’s family from Bermondsey.
Better known as Jimi he was one of two men that leapt into the Thames to save a woman just after midnight yesterday, April 24, the other man is said to be his friend. The coastguard and marine police patrols were able to pull the woman and the other man out of the river alive, but Folajimi could not be found in the high tide and choppy waters. His body was discovered almost six hours later after an extensive search involving police helicopters and other emergency services.
A gofund me page to allow mourners to help pay for Folajimi’s funeral has been set up by the charity Malcolm’s World Foundation. The charity was set up by the parents of Malcolm Mide-Madariola, a pupil at the Harris Academy in Peckham who was murdered in 2018 at the age of 17.
The page which was only set up today has in a matter of seven hours already hit it’s £25,000 target.
One post from Rachel Olanrewaja reads: “Jimi was my bestfriend, my little angels godfather. he was greatest man ever with a bright future ahead with goals to achieve his music. my heartaches so much that, just like that he is gone. as we lost him a hero was born please continue to pray for his family and his girlfriend .
It was believed he was returning to his Bermondsey home from work on Friday night when he spotted the woman.
Friends paid tribute to Folajimi on social media under the hashtag #JimiTheHero. They praised him and said he was well known for helping others. “Jimi, it’s going to be weird not seeing you grinning like you always do. Such a clean-hearted kid. To have been so heroic, this really hurts,” wrote one.
Another said: “Still in shock and still confused … you were selfless as always and will be remembered for that! RIP my brother, rest in the most perfect peace. I pray God welcomes you with open arms
Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, 20, also known as Jimi, was one of two people who went into the water to help the woman just after midnight on April 24.
Emergency services were able to pull the woman and another man from the water, but Mr Olubunmi-Adewole could not be found. His body was located six hours later following an extensive search and rescue effort.
Mr Olubunmi-Adewole was a former student of Harris Academy in Peckham, South East London, and supported the Malcolm’s World Foundation, which was set up after Malcolm Mide-Madaiola, a pupil of the school, was murdered in 2018.
Those running the charity’s Twitter account wrote that Mr Olubunmi-Adewole had been close friends with Malcolm, and shared a picture of his name tattooed on his arm.
They said: ‘Sad this family just lost another hero Folajimi Olubunmi- Adewole who died saving the woman […] in [the] River Thames yesterday. Pure-hearted soul. Great helper. Loving boy. RIP. #JimiTheHero.’
They added: ‘Extremely loving and caring. Yesterday he died more than a hero and went home with the tattoo. [You] were not just his bestie [you] were his brother. Bye Son.’
A friend of Mr Olubunmi-Adewole also wrote online: ‘Still in shock and still confused, how is it possible that you didn’t survive?
‘You were selfless as always and will be remembered for that! RIP my brother, rest in the most perfect peace! I pray God welcomes you with open arms.’
It is not yet clear how the woman fell into the Thames. The water was described as being rough and choppy at the time of the incident.
A City of London Police spokesperson said: ‘We were called at 12.12am on Saturday April 24 to reports of a woman in the River Thames close to London Bridge.
‘Two men, who had witnessed the woman fall from the bridge, entered the river to try and save her. The Coastguard and Metropolitan Police Marine Units were able to rescue the woman and one of the men.
‘Sadly, following an extensive search involving police helicopters, marine units, LFB, LAS and City Police officers, the missing man was not located. At 6am the same morning, a body was found believed to be that of the missing man.
‘His next of kin have been made aware and are being supported by officers from the City of London Police.’