Police search Thames after man 'jumps off' Westminster Bridge

Fiona Simpson
Police cordon: Officers on Westminster Bridge after a man reported 'jumped off': Twitter/Ben Dodd

A rescue operation has been launched on the Thames after a man apparently jumped off Westminster Bridge.

Emergency services rushed to the bridge, in Southwark, following reports that a man had “entered the water” just after 7pm on Thursday.

Tower RNLI lifeboat crews and a police helicopter were also drafted in to help with the search.

Images posted on social media showed police cars on the bridge, which was taped off to traffic.

A statement posted by Westminster Police on Twitter read: “Police are dealing with a male who has entered the water from Westminster Bridge. @MPSonthewater are working to trace and rescue this male.”

Rescue mission: RNLI crews search for the man in the Thames (Chris Baynes)

The bridge re-opened just after 8.30pm, however, the man had not been found, Met Police said.

The incident comes just days after officers launched a mission to rescue another man reported to have “jumped off” the bridge on Tuesday.

In a separate incident, emergency services were called to reports of a woman falling into the river from the south east corner of Westminster Bridge on the same day.

She was recovered safely and placed in NHS care.