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A Cornish MP has told ITV News Westcountry how he helped save the life of a woman in danger of drowning in the River Thames.
Stephen Gilbert, MP for St Austell and Newquay, spotted her floating past the House of Commons.
Thanks to his quick thinking - and accurate aim - he got a lifebelt to her.
Stephen Gilbert MP said he "feared at worst" that the woman he helped rescue from the Thames was dead.
He said: "I feared at the worst it would be a body, I alerted the police, and they were called in to get a response, and then she moved, and I was able to chase down the terrace and grab one of the life-buoys, throw it in, made a reasonably good shot and she grabbed it."
He added, "I guess it's just the right time, right place and I was delighted to help.
Stephen Gilbert MP (Lib Dem, St Austell and Newquay), poses with the parliamentary lifebelt he used to rescue a woman from the Thames.
A quick-thinking MP was involved in the dramatic rescue of a woman from the River Thames near the Palace of Westminster tonight.
Liberal Democrat Stephen Gilbert was at an event on the House of Commons terrace, overlooking the river, when he saw what he thought was a body floating past.
But when he saw the body move he reacted quickly to throw a lifebelt into the water, which she was able to grab before being rescued further downstream.
Mr Gilbert said: "What looked like a body just floated past. Then I saw that the person then moved and I followed them down the terrace."
He also admitted the shock had left him "barely able to string a sentence together".
The Metropolitan Police had said they pulled a woman from the water after MP Stephen Gilbert claimed he rescued her:
"At 1950 the marine policing unit responded to reports of a woman in the River Thames near Westminster Bridge. They recovered her from the water and took her to hospital. Next of kin have been informed," the force said in a statement.
Politicians have congratulated Stephen Gilbert MP, in response to his tweet about how he helped rescue a woman from the Thames near the House of Commons.
On his Twitter Account, the politician said he threw a life-buoy to the woman who was then rescued.
Stephen Gilbert, the MP for St Austell & Newquay has received praise over Twitter in response to his tweet about how he helped rescue a woman from the Thames by throwing her a life-buoy.
The MP tweeted: "shaken after seeing a body float past House of Commons terrace - she moved, I threw a life-buoy and she's now been rescued! #Result"