Jimi Adewole and his friend Bernard Kosia were crossing London Bridge late at night after their work shift when they heard a woman crying for help. She had fallen in the Thames, but they could not locate her in the dark. They immediately ran down the steps to the shoreline to help. Jimi entered the dark cold water but soon got into difficulty himself. Bernard, who remained on the shore to call the emergency services, could hear Jimi’s shouts for help but could not see his friend or the drowning woman in the dark. Jimi lost his life that night and his body was recovered later that morning. Another man, Joaquin Garcia, also entered the river and managed to locate and save the woman, although he was exhausted and in grave danger himself. Joaquin Garcia was awarded the Silver Medal for his selfless bravery and Bernard Kosia the Certificate of Commendation.
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Georgia and her twin sister Melissa were on holiday in Mexico, swimming in a lagoon when Melissa was attacked by a crocodile and dragged under water. Georgia went back into the water to protect her sister, grabbed her and held her badly wounded twin close to her. As Georgia was trying to resuscitate the crocodile returned for another attack but she fought it off with her fists. As she was moving her injured sister to a safer place the crocodile attacked again biting the injured woman’s legs trying to deathroll her and drag her away. Once more Georgia punched it on the nose but it grabbed her arm so she had to fight it off with her other fist. The crocodile finally left, and she was able to haul Melissa to safety.