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Heroic pair commandeer dinghy to rescue woman drowning in Thames

Two heroic nightclub managers commandeered a dinghy to pull a woman drowning in the Thames to safety.

The woman was pulled out of the Thames by the two nightclub managers Credit: Google Street View

Mark Byford and Luis Beer were alerted to a woman standing on the wrong side of the rails on Kingston Bridge in Kingston upon Thames by customers and staff, reports the Surrey Comet.

Mr Byford said the pair, who work at the Viper Rooms, slowly approached her.

But when the police arrived, she jumped in.

The trained lifeguard and Mr Luis threw ropes to her but she did not grab them, so they got into a dinghy they spotted sitting in a nearby boathouse.

I was going to just tie a rope around my waist and jump in after her but when we saw the boat that seemed like a better idea.

We were told we weren’t allowed in it without life jackets on, but we just thought, ‘This girl is going to drown,’ and got on with it.

We paddled out and I grabbed her. She was fighting me all the way. We got her back over to the Kingston side of the river and that is when the RNLI turned up.

When she was fighting us I was just shouting, 'It can’t be that bad'.

It is incredibly sad.

I would really like to see this woman again when she is well. I hope she will get in touch.

– Mark Byford speaking to the Surrey Comet

The woman is now receiving hospital care following the rescue in the early hours of Sunday morning.