A muscular hero who saved a woman from drowning has told how he leapt into the River Thames after she screamed: ‘I can’t swim!’
Genci Gestila was sitting on a pub garden bench having a drink with a friend when he noticed someone falling from nearby Kew Bridge, west London, into the river. Alarmed, he rushed to the river bank and called out to a woman who was bobbing up and down in the water.
But the 21-year-old year waiter told MailOnline he knew he had to act when he saw the woman disappear under the surface.
He said: ‘I called out to her and she replied; “I can’t swim”. I could see she was going under so I jumped in.’
Mr Gestila, who served in the Greek army, took off his shoes, t-shirt and took his phone and wallet out of pockets and dived into the river to save her.
He said: ‘She was in the middle of the river. It was very deep, I could not touch the bottom. ‘She was in terrible shock because the water was so cold. Her head was going under the water. ‘When I got to her she said she couldn’t breathe so I grabbed hold of her and pulled her to the river bank.
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