Man dies after jumping into the River Thames to save woman who fell from London Bridge

River Thames
River Thames. Photo credit: File

A man who jumped into the River Thames to rescue a woman from the notoriously dangerous water is being hailed as a hero after the act of bravery cost him his life.

During the early hours of Saturday morning (local time), a woman fell from London Bridge into the River Thames, a long stretch of water that flows through the capital and southern England.

Two men witnessed the woman's fall and jumped in to save her, according to local media.

Emergency services, including the Coastguard and police marine units, attempted to rescue all three people from the river, but could only save the woman and one of the men who jumped to her rescue, The Guardian reports.

Following an extensive search for the missing man, a body was discovered about six hours later.

"We were called at 12:12am on Saturday, April 24 to reports of a woman in the River Thames close to London Bridge," a City of London police spokesperson said in a statement.

"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, London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service 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."

It's the second incident concerning the river in a week. On Tuesday morning (local time), a 13-year-old schoolboy fell into the River Thames from the Tower Bridge. The search for the missing pupil continues, according to local media. Only his school bag has been retrieved from the water.