Search for body of man drowned in Thames after woman, 23, is rescued

Police launches are still searching for the body of a man believed to have drowned in the Thames during the night.

Rescuers managed to reach a woman in time after she had fallen in the river at Canary Wharf Pier at 12.30am.

Police, coastguards, fire brigade and the Tower lifeboat joined the Port of London Authority operation after passers-by raised the alarm when they spotted the couple in the water. A police helicopter was also brought into the rescue.

The skipper of a passing pleasure boat coming in to moor at Canary Wharf helped the rescue search by shining searchlights into the water.

A Met Police marine launch from Wapping managed to reach the 23-year-old woman and pull her from the water.

A waiting ambulance took her to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel where she is still recovering today.

Meanwhile, the search continues for the 30-year-old man along the Limehouse Reach between Tower Bridge and the Isle of Dogs.

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