Police call out to find hero who jumped into River Thames to save two babies tied up in buggy from drowning
Police are looking for a mysterious man who jumped into the River Thames to save two babies tied to a buggy from drowning.
A woman took her two grandsons aged one and two for a walk along the River Thames in Staines near Halfords in The Causeway.
The children were strapped into the pram, but on the riverbank it started to roll towards the water because the brake was not applied properly.
The buggy went into the water and the two babies were suddenly submerged.
The children were strapped into the pram, but on the riverbank it started to roll towards the water because the brake was not applied properly
The grandmother immediately jumped into the river and tried to bring the buggy to the surface, screaming for help, but the water was too deep and the bank too steep.
Fortunately, a man nearby sprang into action and jumped into the water to help.
Shortly after, another man, having heard the cries for help, ran to the riverbank and pulled the buggy and babies out of the river.
The second man, known as Paul, quickly found blankets to keep the children warm and dry before the police arrived.
It was the Runnymede officers from Surrey Police who attended and they have since reported that both children are back home and in good health after being taken to hospital.
Police have shared the story as part of a call to connect the grateful family with one of the rescuers.
They said: ‘The family is so grateful to both men for their quick responses and heroic efforts.
‘The family has been in contact with Paul, but would also like to thank the first man who jumped into the water; if you are the person who helped, please contact us by private message and quote ref 45210076472.’