Syrian man dies in hospital after jumping into River Thames – three days after his friend drowned trying to save his life
- A man died in hospital after jumping into water connected to the River Thames
- Thames Valley Police were called to Lulle Brook, in Maidenhead on Tuesday night
- The 37-year-old, of a Syrian background from Hounslow, has since died
- This comes after Eyad Al Ryabi’s body was found by police on Wednesday
A second man has died after two men got into difficulty in a stretch of water connected to the River Thames in Berkshire.
At around 7pm on Tuesday, officers from Thames Valley Police were called to an area of water called Lulle Brook, between Odney Lane and Mill Lane, in Cookham, Maidenhead.
It followed reports that two men had been swimming in the water and had got into difficulty.
A second man, 37, has died in hospital after two men got into difficulty in a stretch of water called Lulle Brook in Maidenhead on Tuesday, which is connected to the River Thames
On Wednesday, police found the body of Eyad Al Ryabi (rescue teams pictured near Cookham), who went into the water to save his friend from drowning, a relative said
A member of the public pulled a man in his thirties from the water and he was taken to hospital.
The 37-year-old man, of a Syrian background from Hounslow, has since died, police confirmed.
His death is being treated as unexplained and not suspicious.
Eyad Al Ryabi was found dead on Wednesday after he jumped in the River Thames to help his friend on Tuesday evening
This comes after his friend Eyad Al Ryabi’s body was found on Wednesday, after the two men went swimming at Lulle Brook.
The 31-year-old went into the water to help save his friend Mohammed Al Safadi from drowning, his cousin Khald Al Riabi said.
The father-of-five, who had been living in Uxbridge, west London, had been with a group of friends at Lulle Brook for a day out in the good weather, his cousin added.
The pair had been part of a group of six friends who had travelled from Uxbridge in Middlesex for an afternoon by the river.
Investigating officer Detective Inspector Ash Mohmood, based at Maidenhead police station, said: ‘Our thoughts are with the man’s family at this very difficult time.
‘The men were of a Syrian background and I know this will affect the Syrian community greatly, our thoughts are with you also.’
He thanked members of the public and the emergency services who assisted police.
Omar Sawayah, who was among friends and relatives who headed to Cookham once the alarm was raised, said: ‘Mohammed decided to dive into the water but got into difficulty.
At around 7pm on Tuesday, officers from Thames Valley Police were called to an area of water called Lulle Brook, in Cookham, Maidenhead
‘Eyad dived into the water to try and save him but nobody saw him resurface and he hasn’t been seen since.
‘Somehow Mohammed drifted unconscious to the bank where some of his other friends pulled him out the water.
‘There was another group of people, I think locals, who tried to help resuscitate Mohammed before the paramedics came and took him to hospital.
‘Eyad came here from the city of Daraa in Syria about eight months ago. He was a refugee living in Uxbridge.
‘He and his friends had come out to be by the river for the day as it was such nice weather. The others who didn’t go in the water have gone to the local police station.’
Connor Godfrey, a 27-year-old chef from London, told how he had given Mohammed Al Safadi CPR after he was pulled from the river.
A third man who jumped into the water was unharmed, according to the BBC.