Tributes flow for 20-year-old man in UK who died trying to rescue woman from river

Tributes flow for 20-year-old man in UK who died trying to rescue woman from river

- Tributes have poured in for a young Nigerian-born Briton who sacrificed his life to save a woman that fell from London Bridge into the River Thames

- Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, popularly called Jimi, was found lifeless almost six hours after his heroic act

- His 63-year-old father and social media users have praised the young man for being selfless

The father of a 20-year-old Nigerian-born Briton who jumped into the River Thames to save a woman who had fallen from London Bridge has paid tribute to his “angelic son”.

Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole did the heroic act on Saturday, April 24, and his body was found almost six hours later, Evening Standard reports.

Tributes paid to ‘angelic son’ who died trying to rescue woman from River Thames
Jimi lost his life after jumping into the River Thames to rescue a woman who fell into it. Photo credit: @CinnamonClub
Source: UGC

Reacting to his son's heroic act, Michael Adewola said Jimi was a very kind young man who was the heart of the family.

The 63-year-old man said:

"He was full of life, he had his life to live, he was ambitious and so gifted. He deserves a medal for what he did. He is a very unique and angelic soul and I am so proud of him. So proud, and I want the world to know he is the deepest and most wonderful man.”

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A British Army officer and explorer, Levison Wood, also paid tribute to Jimi for sacrificing himself for a stranger.

Wood took to Twitter to tell the world about Jimi's heroic act.

He wrote:

"This is Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole. He was 20 years old.
"Yesterday, he gave his life to save the life of a complete stranger who fell from London Bridge.
"Rest in peace you brave young hero."

Many tweeps soon flooded the comment section of the post to pay tributes to the hero.

@keithkershaw7 said:

"If we need a portrait on walls, sculptures in trafalgor square or special day named after someone then it should be somebody like this...."

@shauny_mag commented:

"This has really choked me up - what a great kid, and what a loss. Thoughts and prayers to his friends and family."

@geeky_paul wrote:

"At such a sad time for his family, they can be at least comforted that their son was such an upstanding man. Little consolation I know, but truly a hero. RIP."

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@mjwilky1 said:

"I was genuinely upset when I saw this. What a selfless act of heroism. I pray for your family, who must be devastated but also so proud."

In other news, the death of another man less than two hours before the commencement of his wedding ceremony had thrown some members of the Ikyangedu community in Nasarawa state into mourning.

The would-be husband, John Abugu, was knocked down by a vehicle when he went to pick up his wedding suit at the shop of a dry cleaner.


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