Westminster Bridge: Rescue mission launched after reports man 'jumped into river'

7 August 2021, 21:54 | Updated: 7 August 2021, 23:52

The Met Police confirmed the incident on Westminster Bridge is not terror-related.
The Met Police confirmed the incident on Westminster Bridge is not terror-related. Picture: Alamy

By Sophie Barnett

A man has reportedly jumped into the River Thames from Westminster Bridge sparking a rescue mission by police and lifeboat crews to locate him.

The Metropolitan Police said they were called to Westminster Bridge at 7.52pm to reports of a man with a cut hand.

"It was also reported that a man had jumped into the River Thames from Westminster Bridge," they said.

"A search is ongoing to locate this man."

The man with the hand injury was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.

Officers - who were assisted at the scene by the London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade - said the incident is not being treated as terror-related.

Witnesses reported seeing a lot of emergency vehicles on the scene including police cars and fire crew vehicles.

London Fire Brigade said a "systematic search" of the river is being carried out due to the reports of a person in the water.

According to the AA traffic map the bus lane - which is lane one - is closed due to the incident.

The travel map reported traffic is coping well.