KPMG employee put forward for police commendation for river rescue

By Rachel Bishop on June 16, 2014 10:38 AM |

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A KPMG employee has been put forward for a police commendation after rescuing a woman from the Thames last week.

Employment tax adviser Paul Sopher (right) was enjoying a post-work drink at Temple on June 9, when he spotted a woman in the water.

Emergency services had been called but were given the wrong location, so the 25-year-old jumped in to help the woman.

He said: "Despite a police helicopter overhead and river rescue teams en route it became obvious that the young lady was very tired and struggling to stay afloat. I didn't really have time to think, I just knew she needed help and jumped in.

"The water was quite cold and the current was really strong and at one point I worried that neither of us would get to safety. I have to say a big thanks to the people on the bank and the boat bar for getting the life ring to us so quickly. The emergency services were fantastic."

The woman was later treated at the scene by paramedics and Mr Sopher was treated to free drinks by the bar owner at Temple, before being driven home by the police.