Why Susanna Reid was moved to tears on Good Morning Britain

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

Good Morning Britain's Susanna Reid was overcome with emotion as she paid tribute to Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, the young man who lost his life after he tried to rescue a woman from the river thames over the weekend.

Folajimi, known to friends and family as Jimi, jumped into the water to try and help a woman who had reportedly fallen in on Saturday night. Jimi tragically died during his heroic efforts, while the woman, and another man who also jumped in to help, were rescued by the police marine unit.

The TV presenter, co-hosting with Adil Ray, choked up as she told viewers: "We talked yesterday about this incredible young man and it breaks my heart to talk about it frankly, 20-year-old Jimi.

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"Jimi, who by all accounts is a total hero, jumped into the water to try and save her and unfortunately Jimi died in that rescue attempt."

Susanna and Adil were joined by Jimi's friend Bernard Kosia, who recalled the night where he and Jimi were alerted to a woman who had fallen from London Bridge, before describing Jimi as a "hero".

"I can't imagine what they're going through right now," Susanna said. "He's just a young man, enjoying his life, wasn't he?

"That was Jimi, that was why you posted that video online. That's how you want us to remember him - he was full of life, he was a hero."

Susanna and Adil had also spoken to Jimi's parents, Olasunkanmi Adewole and Michael, as they called for the government to honour their son and acknowledge his selfless bravery.

A campaign has been launched to award him a posthumous Gallantry Award, with Susanna adding: "What a total hero, huge courage and we can't thank you enough Jimi and I just think it's an utter tragedy."

Good Morning Britain airs on weekdays on ITV.

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