Body found in search for boy, 13, who fell into River Thames on way to school

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A body has been found in the search for a 13-year-old student who fell into the River Thames as he walked to school.

The teenager fell from Tower Bridge in central London on Tuesday, April 20.

He was seen getting off a bus going towards Ark Globe Academy in Elephant and Castle, south London.

The Year 8 pupil and a friend got off a stop early and did not appear at the school, Headteacher Matt Jones said in a letter to parents.

City of London Police officers, river police, firefighters, the RNLI and a police helicopter were involved in the search.

A body was recovered from the Thames eight days later.

A City of London Police spokesperson said: “At around midday on Wednesday, April 28, a body was recovered from the River Thames by marine units which we believe to be that of a 13-year-old who has been missing since Tuesday, April, 20.

"His family have been informed but at this time formal identification has not yet taken place.”

An eyewitness previously told The Sun: “A woman who was just walking past with her boyfriend grabbed a float and jumped into the river.

"She said 'why isn't anybody helping him' before jumping in herself.

"The woman jumped in seconds after but all she could bring back was his school jacket and his bag.”

In his letter, Mr Jones offered “hopes and prayers” to the family.

He added: "I want to reassure and remind you that everyone working in our academy knows the important role that they play in keeping children safe.

"Ark Globe staff are well trained to spot concerning signals from students and they know exactly how to escalate issues if external, professional support is needed."

The principal acknowledged that "this last year has been a very difficult time for many of our students and their families", and urged parents to contact the school or NSPCC if their children need help.

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