Mystery hero leaps into Thames to save babies strapped into buggy from drowning

Surrey police are trying to track down a Good Samaritan who averted a near-disaster on Sunday when a buggy with two babies strapped into it rolled into the River Thames .

Officers posted an account of the dramatic incident in Staines-upon-Thames on the Runnymede branch of the official Surrey Police Facebook page in a bid to identify the hero.

They explained: “A woman had taken her two grandsons, aged 1 and 2, for a walk to the River Thames.

"They were strapped into the buggy and whilst at the riverbank, completely by accident, the buggy started to roll as the brake was not properly applied.

The buggy fell into the river, submerging both boys."

"Immediately", the officers added, "the woman jumped into the water shouting for help and tried to bring the buggy to the surface, but she struggled due to the depth of the water and steep bank."

Multiple emergency service calls were made, and a man nearby leapt into action, entering the water to help the woman with the buggy.

Shortly after a second man who’d heard the shouts, Paul, ran to the scene and helped pull the buggy up the riverbank, getting the two children out of the water.

Paul then quickly found blankets to keep the children warm and dry before we arrived.

Both children were taken to hospital but are now back home and in good health.

Surrey police say that the boys' family is hugely grateful to both men for their speedy reactions and heroic efforts.

The family have managed to get in touch with Paul, but would also like to thank the first man who leapt into the water.

If you are the person who helped, please get in touch by dropping Surrey Police a private message on Facebook and quoting ref 45210076472.

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