Two cyclists in west London have been hailed as “heroes” after they rescued a woman from a canal.
According to the local website Ealingtoday.co.uk, news of the incident, which happened in the week following Christmas, was reported in the North Greenford Residents Association Magazine.
Adam Gajewski and Adrian Sobolewski were on an early morning bike ride on the towpath of the Paddington Branch of the Grand Union Canal when they noticed the woman.
The magazine said that “they spotted her body under the water and rushed to her aid.
“Once they had managed to get her out of the canal, Adam and Adrian called the paramedics.
“While they waited for them to arrive, they kept her talking and woke up local canal boat residents to collect blankets and clothing to warm her up.
“The lady told Adam and Adrian that she had lost all hope and felt that she had no other option.
“She had tried to get help from her GP but this had not been forthcoming and she had nowhere left to turn.
“Their courageous efforts saved her life for which she was very grateful,” the magazine added.
“Hopefully she got the help and support she needed to get through a challenging time in her life.”
The suicide prevention charity Samaritans has highlighted that the coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll on people’s mental health.
Last year, it said that up to 20 December, it had “supported people who are struggling to cope over 1,700,000 times in the nine months since the national lockdown was imposed.
“During this time, coronavirus was a specific concern in 374,882 emotional support contacts – however, our volunteers suggest it is affecting all callers in some way,” it added.
The Samaritans website contains advice to people who are struggling with their mental health on how they can obtain help.
The charity’s advisors can be contacted at any time on the free telephone number 116 123, or via email tojo [at] samaritans.org "> jo [at] samaritans.org with a response time of 24 hours.
It has also developed a self-help app that enables users to “Keep track of how you're feeling, and get recommendations for things you can do to help yourself cope, feel better and stay safe in a crisis.”
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.