New Plaque Commemorates Thames Hero Folajimi Olubumni-Adewole

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New Plaque Commemorates Thames Hero Folajimi Olubumni-Adewole
A plaque to Folajimi "Jimi" Olubumni-Adewole on the thames riverside, with flowers in front

A man who died trying to rescue a stranger from the Thames is commemorated with a new plaque.

Bermondsey resident Folajimi "Jimi" Olubumni-Adewole jumped into the Thames in April 2021 after seeing a woman fall from London Bridge. The woman and another rescuer Joaquim Garcia were picked up by the coastguard, but Jimi could not be found. His body was recovered six hours later near the bridge. He was just 20 years old.

A plaque has now been unveiled in the open space in front of Southwark Cathedral — the spot where Jimi jumped into the water. Unusually, it includes a colour photograph of Jimi, along with the hashtag #Hero.

A closeup of the plaque to Folajimi "Jimi" Olubumni-Adewole
JIMI #HERO "Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, a resident of Southwark, lived in Bermondsey. He supported a number of local charities and was committed to helping others. On 24 April 2021 he selflessly and bravely jumped from this place into the River Thames to rescue a woman who had fallen from London Bridge. Tragically he did not survive whilst attempting to save another. May his selfless courage, kindness and positivity be an inspiration to us all."

The plaque was unveiled by Mayor Sadiq Khan, who described Jimi as "the best of all of us". His memorial sits beside another, to the victims of the 2017 terrorist attack on London Bridge and Borough Market.

Last Updated 26 January 2023