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Police Constable jumps 43 feet into the Thames to save man

Year 1882

Read by Dr. Rosalind Maycock – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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July 14, 1882

Jenkins, John, Constable, E Division, Metropolitan Police.

Stanhope Gold Medal 1882.

Constable Jenkins was on duty on Waterloo Bridge at 2.45 a.m. on the 14th July, 1882, when he saw a man mount the parapet and throw himself into the river.

Without hesitation the constable unfastened his belt and jumped from the bridge after him. Not withstanding a determined resistance on the part of the would-be suicide, Constable Jenkins succeeded in seizing the man and supporting him above water until both were picked up some distance down river by a boat which was promptly sent from the Thames Police Station.

The danger incurred in this rescue may be fairly estimated when it appears that the height jumped was forty-three feet, the tide was running out under the arches at the rate of six miles an hour, and a thick mist covered the river, so much so, as to render it impossible to see any object in the centre of the river from either side. The place where the men entered the water was 170 yards from shore.

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