UK: Gravesend man feared dead after trying to save young girl from the sea – Heroic youngsters help rescue girl – 150713 1725z

The search of the River Thamesfor a man feared drownedafter trying to save a young girlhas been called off.

The man – believed to live locally and in his 20s – went missingin the river off Gravesend yesterday as four children rushed to rescue him and the girl, who was saved.

A search – which included the Kent Police Marine Unit, coastguard and helicopter – took place soon after the man disappeared.

There was another search at about midnight and continued today just after noon.

Kent Police said there has been no sign of the man and the active hunt has now concluded.

A spokesman said the man’s family have been informed.

The prom was taped off on Sunday by police
Earlier, a schoolgirl told how she and pals risked their own lives to save the man when he got into difficulties rescuing the girl.

St John’s comprehensive pupil Weronika Medlewska, 15, was one of four youngsters who tried to help the struggling recuer at Gordon Promenade yesterday.

Emergency services were called at 3.47pm following a report that a man had been seen in the water and had not resurfaced.

The RNLI lifeboat from Gravesend was sent immediately to the scene.

Emergency services at the scene yesterday. Picture Luka Hanmore

Meanwhile St John’s pupils Jake Cornish, 16, and Weronika Medlewska, 15, and Swan Valley pupils Lewis Rossiter, 18, and Kieran Wellard, 16, went in to the water to help the man and girl.

Weronika said: “Me and my mate were the ones that tried saving him, but i think it was too late.

“We jumped into the water and tried getting him out but he was just going down and he was pulling us under the water with him.

“It breaks my heart because I know I couldn’t save him – he was too heavy for us.

“He was 28 and we’re 15-16. Still shocked. Just hope they will find him soon.

“We tried our best, we couldn’t risk our lives.”

St John’s deputy head Michael O’Shea said: “We’re just so proud of them. Knowing them as I do, it doesn’t surprise me that they’ve jumped in to help someone.”

The girl was safely rescued, but the man disappeared under the water.

Pru Fahey, a member of staff at St John’s school on Rochester Road, said: “Yesterday I was at the prom in Gravesend where I witnessed a terrible situation unfolding.

“A girl and a boy were in the Thames when they got taken under by the current.

“A woman came over screaming, saying ‘please help, my daughter’s drowning’ when one of our students jumped in without a second thought and helped save the girl.

“It was Jake Cornish. It was a real act of bravery and I was extremely proud.”

Temperatures in the area topped 30C yesterday.

London Coastguard watch manager Philip Myers said yesterday: “The lifeboat was on scene really quickly this afternoon and everyone involved did everything they could to find the man.

“We will carry out a search of the shoreline tonight but this is increasingly looking like a tragic accident.”

The South East Coast Ambulance Service was also on the scene after the initial alarm was raised.

This weekend, Gravesend will be hosting Party on the Prom which Gravesham council has confirmed will still go ahead.” – kentonline

Video: A lifeboat searches the Thames for the missing man

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Gravesend man still missing after rescuing young girl from the sea

A MULTI-AGENCY search continued last night for a man who is feared drowned after rescuing a young girl in Gravesend.

The Medway Coastguard Rescue team, Gravesend RNLI, Port of London Authority and Kent Police searched the shoreline off Gravesend Promenade at midnight to find the missing man after he got into difficulty yesterday afternoon at 3.30pm.

The RNLI lifeboat was sent immediately to the scene while four members of the public went in to the water to help the man and girl.

The girl was safely rescued but unfortunately the man disappeared under the water.

Two launches from the Port of London Authority and Metropolitan Police joined the RNLI lifeboat in searching the sea with the Essex Police helicopter searching from the air.

Unfortunately the man was not found.

London Coastguard Watch Manager Philip Myers said yesterday:

“The lifeboat was on scene really quickly this afternoon and everyone involved did everything they could to find the man. We will carry out a search of the shoreline tonight but this is increasingly looking like a tragic accident.” – thisiskent

Last update from Gravesend Lifeboat at 16.25pm Monday 15 July: “Low water search carried out. Nothing found.” – GravesendRNLI

One thought on “UK: Gravesend man feared dead after trying to save young girl from the sea – Heroic youngsters help rescue girl – 150713 1725z

  1. Further update from Gravesend Lifeboat:
    15th July – 1412

    Information was received from a crew member that somebody had posted on facebook that something had been seen in the water at the Tilbury grain Terminal as we have been searching the river for a missing person for the past 24 hours this information was passed immediately to the coastguard and the decision was taken to launch the Lifeboat for further investigation.

    The Harbour launch Kew was in attendance in this area and assistance was offered and so the Lifeboat and Harbour launch Kew conducted a search from downstream of Tilbury grain all surrounding area and upstream to the Black shelf buoy both vessels turned around and then continued back downstream through the trots at Thurrock yacht club back down to Tilbury grain terminal and into the shallows on the shore side of the jetty where we spotted a small buoy which could have been mistaken for something else.

    Having made a thorough search of the area and nothing found also due to lack of any further information it was decided to stand the Lifeboat and Harbour launch down.

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