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Dad’s tribute to hero son, 20, who died saving stranger after London Bridge fall

A 20-year-old man who died saving a stranger after she fell from London Bridge was an ‘angelic’ son, according to his heartbroken dad.

Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, known as Jimi, dived into the River Thames in a bid to save the woman in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Jimi was coming home from work when he and a pal jumped into the water after informing police about the incident.

However he tragically died in the river, with rescuers finding his body six hours later while his friend and the woman were saved.

Michael Adewola, 63, and mum Olasunkanmi Adewole, 54, said they were heartbroken by their son’s death although they were proud of him for trying to save the woman’s life.

Jimi jumped into the River Thames in a bid to save the woman
Jimi jumped into the River Thames in a bid to save the woman

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Mr Adewola told The Sun : “He is a hero, and always will be, I can’t bring him back but I want him to be remembered forever for what he did, it was just like him to want to always try and help others.

“Jimi was a very nice, kind young man, he was the heart of our family… He would help anyone that needed it.

“I don’t think I would be able to do it, I might be able to call the police, but I don’t know if I could do it, but this was Jimi, you can’t even describe the kind of heart he had.”

Jimi's body was found six hours after he jumped into the river
Jimi’s body was found six hours after he jumped into the river

The dad said he wants his son’s bravery to be recognised with a medal.

He added that Jimi was a ‘unique and angelic soul’ who was ‘respectful and pure-hearted’.

Mr Adewola also shared his pride at having Jimi as his son.

Jimi was returning from his shift at the fine dining restaurant The Cinnamon Club in Westminster when he saw the woman on the bridge.

Dad Michael Adewola wants his son's bravery to be recognised with a medal
Dad Michael Adewola wants his son’s bravery to be recognised with a medal

He and a colleague dived into the water after they saw her fall into the river.

They apparently tried to speak to her before diving into the water, Jimi’s dad said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Jimi’s family following his death.



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