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Runner Dives in to Save Drowning Man in River Thames

What Happened
Person overboard/swept away/fell in the water
What Caused
Human factor
Casualty type/Qty
Causal Factors
Lack of awareness of hazards/obstacles
Injury Details
Near miss

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Description of Incident
A runner dived into the River Thames to rescue a drowning man near Charing Cross Bridge on Monday, July 7.

Have-a-go hero Ben Corr, 36, of Ealing threw a life ring then plunged into the river from the footpath to save the floundering man.

The RNLI's statement on the incident reads: "Running along the South Bank this morning, Ben Corr was expecting a normal Monday in the office. That changed when he was alerted to a man struggling in the Thames. After trying to throw a life ring to the casualty, Ben carefully weighed up the situation & made the decision to go in and swim to the casualty. Meanwhile, Tower lifeboat crew had been alerted & were heading up river. They found both men floating near the London Eye and safety pulled them on board. We don't advise people to carry out rescues themselves, but Ben made a very measured and selfless decision to go in - and for that we take our hat off to him."
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