Susanna Reid became emotional paying tribute to Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, who had died after jumping into the River Thames to try and save a woman who had fallen in.
The 20-year-old was on his way home on Saturday night when he saw a woman fall from London Bridge, and entered the water with another man in attempt to save her.
The woman and the other man were rescued however Folajimi, known as Jimi to his family and friends, could not be found. A body, believed to be that of the missing 20-year-old, was found at 6am, police said, with his next of kin made aware.
Speaking about Jimi on Monday’s Good Morning Britain, Susanna fought back tears as she described him as a ‘good Samaritan’ and detailed his charity work.
‘This is a tragic story about Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole who died at the weekend.
‘A woman fell from London Bridge and two men dived into the water to try to save her. The coastguard and marine police patrols were able to rescue the woman who originally fell and one of the men but they weren’t able to rescue Folajimi.
Susanna Reid paid tribute to Jimi on Monday’s Good Morning Britain (Picture: ITV)
‘He sounds like an absolutely remarkable person, his family and friends have paid tribute to him.
‘He was linked to the charity Malcolm’s World foundation and that was set up by the parents of Malcolm Mide-Madariola. He went to the same school as Malcolm who was murdered in 2017. Clearly he was a Good Samaritan.’
Adil Ray added: ‘He was a good swimmer apparently his friends have said so he was confident he could help’ with Dr Hilary calling him ‘brave’ as he knew ‘the currents in the Thames are very strong’.
‘I know how dangerous it is and to do that was extremely brave.’
A GoFundMe fundraiser to support Jimi’s family is closing in on £50,000, double the £25,000 target, with more than 3,000 people donating towards the funeral costs.
Speaking to The Sun, his father Michael Adewola said his son deserved a ‘medal’ for the ‘bravery’ he showed.
‘He is a very unique and angelic soul, and I am proud him, so proud, and I want the world to know he is the deepest and most wonderful man,’ Adewola said.
He added: ‘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.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.