Boozed-up reveller rescued from river TWICE after jumping in and yelling ‘help me, I can’t swim’


A BOOZED-up reveller was rescued from a river TWICE after jumping in and yelling “help me, I can’t swim” during Super Saturday.

Rescue teams blasted the man’s actions as “sheer stupidity” after they were called out to help him on the River Medway in Kent.

He had jumped into the water in Maidstone as thousands flocked to the nation’s pubs on the first day they were reopened since the coronavirus lockdown.

Kent Search and Rescue volunteers were on patrol when they heard the drunken man shout “help me, I can’t swim”.

He was pulled from the river in a distressed state but refused treatment from medics on the scene.

But a short while later, the man jumped back into the river causing two rescue boats to be dispatched to help him.

He then ran off when medical teams arrived on the scene.

A Search & Rescue spokesperson said; “We can’t believe the sheer stupidity of this individual.

“He not only put his own life at risk but twice caused rescue teams to put their lives at risk in an effort to help him.

“The majority of those out in Kent tonight have had a great time and enjoyed the pubs reopening.”

The Kent Search & Rescue patrols were supporting Kent Police since 3pm yesterday.

The organisation, which regularly reminds people of the dangers of drowning after a night out, were again out again yesterday as pubs reopened.

On Twitter, they added: “We can say #safeanddry saved a life yesterday.”


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