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A have-a-go hero plunged into the River Thames this morning to help a man, who moments earlier, jumped from a bridge. An RNLI crew was called to the London Eye where rescuers found two men in the water at around 7am. One had jumped from the pedestrian footpath alongside Charing Cross rail bridge.
Ben Corr, a 36 year old statistician, had been running to work on the South Bank when he was flagged down by a woman. He said:
"The lady was quite shaken up – she was pointing to a man in the river and said she’d just seen him jump from the bridge. She was clutching a life ring but wanted some help in throwing it out to him.
"I did try but he was quite far out and the ring missed him. He was just flailing in the water. At first I held back because I know the emergency services always advise the public not to enter the water in times like that, in case they get into danger as well.
"But after a moment I decided I had to – so I climbed down onto the foreshore, entered the river, and swam across to him."